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Surfer recovering at Irish hospital after 30 hours in the water

Matthew Bryce
Matthew Bryce

A surfer has been rescued 13 miles off the Scottish coast after more than 30 hours in the water.

Belfast Coastguard coordinated the search for Matthew Bryce (22) from Glasgow, after he left to go surfing from Machrihanish beach near Campbeltown on Sunday and didn't return.

Dawn Petrie at Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre 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."

Coastguard said the man was kitted out with appropriate clothing including a thick neoprene suit and that helped him to survive for so long at sea.

"He is hypothermic but conscious and has been flown to hospital in Belfast," Ms Petrie added.

Chief Inspector Paul Robertson said: "The response to our appeal to find Matthew has been outstanding.

"It has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone who offered their assistance."