Dramatic footage shows surfer being rescued after 30 hours at sea

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After 30 hours in the water, a 22-year old Scottish surfer was rescued 13 miles off shore by a Coastguard Rescue helicopter on Monday. The man left to go surfing on Sunday from Machrihanish beach near Campbeltown and didn’t return. A huge search was launched along the coast to find Matthew Bryce who was eventually found alive.

Dawn Petrie at Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre who was coordinating the search said, “Hope was fading of finding the surfer safe and well after such a long period in the water and with nightfall approaching we were gravely concerned but at 7.30pm tonight, the crew on the Coastguard rescue helicopter were delighted when they located the man still with his surf board and 13 miles off the coast.

He was kitted out with all the right clothing including a thick neoprene suit and this must have helped him to survive for so long at sea. He is hypothermic but conscious and has been flown to hospital in Belfast”

Be prepared

UK Coastguard reminds all coastal users this summer to be prepared before you go out on the water or at the coast where conditions can change quickly. Tell someone where you are going and take an appropriate means of raising the alarm in an emergency.

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