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.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Consumers call out Discovery Vitality and Momentum Multiply for not delivering

Consumers call out Discovery Vitality and Momentum Multiply for not delivering

Are you being duped by your medical aid's rewards programme? These Discovery and Momentum members feel they were shortchanged.

Help us find young Linathi Titshala, pleads missing persons group

Help us find young Linathi Titshala, pleads missing persons group

Missing persons organisation the Pink Ladies says search efforts are ongoing, but have not borne any fruit.

SA's Liesl Tommy gives us the scoop on directing Aretha Franklin biopic

SA's Liesl Tommy gives us the scoop on directing Aretha Franklin biopic

The Cape Town native is set to direct the biopic titled "Respect", which stars Dreamgirls actress and songstress Jennifer Hudson.

Is your home wildfire ready? Advice on how to make your home more fire resistant

Is your home wildfire ready? Advice on how to make your home more fire resistant

Destructive wildfires are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity in the Western Cape. How prepared are you?

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Cape Town Water Bikes is an unusual way to experience the coastline of the South Peninsula. Hop on a water bike and pedal away!

'Festive road deaths proof Parly must pull the plug on no-fault accident scheme'

'Festive road deaths proof Parly must pull the plug on no-fault accident scheme'

Attorney Kirstie Haslam says the proposed 'no-fault’ Rabs system rewards drunk drivers at the expense of genuine crash victims.

Popular articles
Motsoeneng admits to accepting more than R1m from Bosasa

Motsoeneng admits to accepting more than R1m from Bosasa

The former SABC COO insists that Bosasa gave him more than R1.1 million to fight his legal battles for nothing in return.

Banks to roll out new system to curb unauthorised debit orders

Banks to roll out new system to curb unauthorised debit orders

Ombudsman for Banking Services Reana Steyn says the new system requires consumers to electronically authorise each debit order.

W Cape new traffic bill to clamp down on speeding highlighted by drag race crash

W Cape new traffic bill to clamp down on speeding highlighted by drag race crash

This comes after a car that was drag racing on the national road was involved in a horrific accident on Monday morning.