Surfer rescued after night at sea

Surfer rescued after night at sea

Surfer rescued after night at sea

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jan, 2017 | 7:13 pm

A Japanese surfer who spent a night at sea clinging to his surfboard has been rescued by the crew of a container ship off the east coast of Australia.The 37-year-old told police a current had pulled him out to sea off Bulli Beach, 80km (50 miles) south of Sydney on Thursday evening.

Sailors on the MSC Damla spotted him floating about 6km offshore and pulled him on board using a lifebuoy.They gave him food, drink and warm clothing and contacted the authorities.

A pilot vessel from Port Kembla returned him to shore. He was taken to hospital but discharged shortly afterwards.The man was in “remarkably good spirits”, MSC Australia’s managing director Kevin Clarke said.

“Our crew are always being observant of marine traffic, but it is exceptionally fortunate they were able to spot this man waving for help from his surf board,” he said.

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