Rescued Surfer off Scottish Coast Will 'Never Surf Again'

Jason Lock

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Updated 1020d ago

A surfer who was rescued by a helicopter crew after spending more than 30 hours floating off the Scottish coast has vowed to never surf again.

Matthew Bryce, 23, was found 13-miles from the shore of Argyll on Monday night after paddling out at Westport, in the Kintyre peninsula, on Sunday morning.

A major search operation was launched when Matt did not return to shore. After more than a day of searching, Matt was located by a search and rescue helicopter, winched to safety and flown to hospital in Belfast.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: ''I was thinking I was going to die. I didn't think I would see the sunrise. The night was the worst, sitting there with the fishing boats in the distance. I shouted for the fishing boats and they didn't hear me.''

Although attempting to paddle to the boats, Matt began to pass out due to exhaustion and fell off his board. ''The wind was carrying me west away from land.''

Matt was emotional, fighting back tears, as he spoke with the BBC from his hospital bed in Belfast.

Matt was emotional, fighting back tears, as he spoke with the BBC from his hospital bed in Belfast.

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Describing the moment he saw the chopper, he said: ''I was heading west, I was watching the sunset and then the helicopter flew right over me. I jumped off my board and picked up my board and started waving it. I thought they had missed me, then they turned around. I saw them turn. It was indescribable. Those guys, the most beautiful sight I'd ever seen. I owe them my life.''

Matt added that he owed his life to the emergency services. "They are all heroes," he told the BBC, before adding that he would not be surfing again.