22-year-old Scottish surfer Matthew Brice has been rescued 13 miles off the coast after spending more than 30 hours in the water.
Belfast Coastguard coordinated the search for Bryce, 22, from Glasgow, after paddling out for a session at Machrihanish beach near Campbeltown, Scotland on Sunday.
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 is hypothermic but conscious and has been flown to hospital in Belfast,” Ms Petrie added.
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