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Lost at Sea: Scottish surfer adrift for nearly 32 hours

Machrihanish Beach (red pin) © Google Maps



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Surfer drifted between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 May, 2017 - A Glasgow surfer went for a surf and drifted 13 miles out to sea over the course of 30-plus hours. Local coast guard picked up 22-year-old Matthew Bryce off the Argyll coast after he went missing on Sunday after going surfing at Machrihanish Beach.

He was taken to a hospital in Belfast to be checked over and described as being "hypothermic but conscious."

“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,” Dawn Petrie of the Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre told media outlets.

"But at 7.30pm 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.”

Despite Bryce entering the water presumably to surf, Petrie described him like this: “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.”

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