Inspiration Wednesday: How SA surfer survived almost 30 hours lost in the sea

In 2013 a South African surfer Brett Archibald fell overboard in Indonesia and was lost in the sea for more than 28 hours. Archibald was found alive and rescued.

He later wrote a book about his experience, called "Alone: the Search for Brett Archibald”.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson, Archibald says he was celebrating his 50th birthday with his friends when the incident happened.

We were catching up with guys we hadn't seen... we had a few beers at lunch time and yes I was drunk.

Brett Archibald, Author

We set sailing just before 9 and literally went into a hectic storm. We should have turned around but we didn't, we ploughed on. I got violently ill, vomited on the side once or twice... and the next thing i remember is that i woke up with my boat 50 odd metres away sailing into the storm and me screaming for my life ...

Brett Archibald, Author

Archibald says he was found at 7:15 the following day. He says he almost gave up eight times during the time spent in the water.

The boat came back after 12 hours to look for him, but because of the heavy storm his friends could not see him. He says it broke his heart to watch the boat sail away, leaving him behind for the second time.

I had no doubt in my mind that my mates would come. I mean we've been friends since first grade

Brett Archibald, Author

And luckily they did return, and he was rescued.


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