Scottish surfer rescued after 32 hours at sea; video

A Scottish surfer was rescued on Monday by a Coast Guard helicopter after spending 32 hours lost at sea.

According to the BBC, 22-year-old Matthew Bryce had gone out for a surf at Machrihanish Beach near Campbeltown, a part of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Belfast Coastguard was alerted early Monday and search and rescue operations quickly began. Bryce was eventually found 13 miles off the coast at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening.

Bryce was hypothermic but still conscious when he was rescued. He was taken immediately to the Ulster hospital on the eastern outskirts of Belfast, where he is currently in stable condition and being taken care of.

“I am so grateful that I am now receiving treatment in hospital,” Bryce told The Guardian. “I cannot thank those enough who rescued and cared for me, they are all heroes.”

Back in January, a Japanese surfer in Australia was eventually rescued after spending 16 hours lost at sea. For Bryce to be out at sea twice that long, and in colder conditions, it is miraculous that he is ultimately alright. No word yet on what caused Bryce to be lost at sea.

Dawn Petrie from the Coast Guard told the BBC, “He was extremely lucky. He did the right thing by staying with his surfboard and that certainly aided his survival.”

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