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Scottish Surfer Survives 32 Hours At Sea

An “extremely lucky” surfer has been found by a coastguard helicopter after 32 hours in the sea.

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Matthew Bryce, 22, from Glasgow, had not been seen since he set off to go surfing off the Argyll coast at 09:00 on Sunday. Belfast Coastguard said he had been in the water since 11:30 on Sunday before the rip carried him away and was found at 19:30 on Monday, as quoted from BBC.

A spokeswoman said Mr Bryce, who was wearing a wetsuit, was hypothermic and had been taken to hospital in Belfast. His condition was described as stable.

Dawn Petrie, from the coastguard, said: “He was extremely lucky. 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.”

A Coast Guard member said that Bryce was right to stay with his surfboard, and that the floatation likely saved his life.

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