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Miracle survival: Brett Archibald spent 27 hours treading water, being stung by jellyfish, nibbled by fish and pecked by sea-gulls before he was rescued

Miracle survival: Brett Archibald spent 27 hours treading water, being stung by jellyfish, nibbled by fish and pecked by sea-gulls before he was rescued

Surfer Survives 27 Hours at Sea Floating On Back

A surfing trip on the Indian Ocean almost proved fatal for Brett Archibald. The experienced surfer from South Africa was aboard a boat near the coast of Indonesia when he fell overboard.

Unfortunately, his absence wasn’t noticed by his fellow passengers until the following morning. Rather than give in to feelings of panic, Archibald managed to survive in the open ocean waters by spending 27 hours floating on his back, treading water and swimming when he could muster up enough energy.

Although he reported being in sight of land several times during his ordeal, strong ocean currents prevented him from reaching the coast.

When the captain of the charter boat on which Archibald was a passenger was alerted to his disappearance, he retraced its steps and was joined by other vessels in the rescue effort. A boat out of Sydney called the Barrenjoey eventually sited Archibald in the water and brought him on board. Archibald reports that he originally took a fall into the ocean water from the charter boat when he passed out from feeling seasick.

He had to put up with pecking seagulls and curious sea life in the water and was dehydrated and sunburnt by the time he was pulled to safety.

Mr Lambinon said: ‘Sincerest gratitude is extended by Bretts wife Anita Archibald and the family and friends of Brett to the crew of the motor sail boat Barrenjoey and to all Indonesian maritime rescue services, Australian and United Kingdom maritime rescue and the private volunteers who assisted and who were involved in the search and rescue operation that brought this effort to a successful conclusion…

A message on the “Searching For Brett Archibald” Facebook page, reads: “WE Found Him! We Found him! … and he’s Alive!! … A boat named the Baren Joey had picked up Brett Archibald out of the deep blue open expanse of Ocean when they spotted Brett holding onto a log and drifting slowly towards shore …”

Lost at sea: This map shows the location where Mr Archibald fell overboard from the boat he was travelling on, and the location some 11 miles away where he was finally plucked from the sea 27 hours later

Lost at sea: This map shows the location where Mr Archibald fell overboard from the boat he was travelling on, and the location some 11 miles away where he was finally plucked from the sea 27 hours later

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Surfer Survives 27 Hours Lost at Sea, Floating on His Back
http://www.vibe.com/article/surfer-survives-27-hours-lost-sea-floating-his-back

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310933/Surfer-Brett-Archibald-survives-27-hours-sea-life-jacket-falling-boat.html