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.

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