SCOTLAND – A large – scale search was launched yesterday after the disappearance of a Scottish surfer : he was found on his board after spending 32 hours in the water .
Matthew Bryce , a 22-year-old from Glasgow, was reported missing a few hours after surfing Sunday morning at 11:30 am on the Argyll coast in Scotland. Without news of him, his family had launched the alert and a team of coastguards had set out to find him. It was only the following morning at 7:30 am that the rescuers were able to hoist the unfortunate surfer who drifted 20 km from the coast .
“He was extremely lucky,” said Dawn Petrie of the Coast Guard team. “He was wearing the right equipment, including a thick suit and it probably made him survive so long in the water.”
Saved, the young man was hypothermic but conscious and was taken to the Belfast hospital. “He was right to cling to his board, which is probably what kept him alive,” Petrie added.
A large portion of the coast had been inspected after the alert was given following the disappearance of Matthew Bryce.
“The response to our call to find Matthew was remarkable,” said Chief Inspector Paul Robertson. “It was a real teamwork and I would like to thank all those who helped.”
Video footage taken from the rescue helicopter showed the dramatic moment he was winched to safety.
“He was extremely lucky,” Dawn Petrie, from the coastguard, told the BBC. “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.