Scottish surfer survives 32 hours lost at sea

May 3, 2017 | Surfing
Matthew Bryce: the Scottish surfer was rescued after 32 hours lost at the Irish Sea

A surfer survived 32 hours at seas after failing to return to the shores of Machrihanish Beach, on the Argyll coast, in Scotland.

Matthew Bryce was found on Monday night by a helicopter, 13 miles off the western coast of Scotland, on top of his surfboard.

The 22-year-old surfer was suffering from severe hypothermia. The water temperature in the Irish Sea was 46°F (7.7°C).

Bryce was immediately transported to the Ulster Hospital, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Scottish surfer survived because he was wearing a thick neoprene suit, boots, and a hood.

"I am so grateful that I am now receiving treatment in hospital. I cannot thank those enough who rescued and cared for me, they are all heroes," Matthew Bryce said in a statement.

The coordinated rescue operation involved the Belfast Coastguard, the RNLI lifeboats, and the MCA Coastguard team, and police officers. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.