A South African surfer who fell overboard and was left floating for 27 hours in Indonesia has been rescued by a private charter boat.
On Wednesday, Wavescape reported that Brett Archibald, from Camps Bay, Cape Town, had gone missing after apparently being swept overboard in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He had been a passenger on the boat Naga Laut, which had been sailing from Padang, Sumatra, towards the Mentawais.
The captain of the Barrenjoey — owned by Sydney couple John and Belinda McGroder — had joined the rescue bid and found Archibald (50) in the ocean, floating on his back. He was apparently found about 20 kilometres from where he had fallen overboard 27 hours earlier.
News.com.au reported that Archibald, who was sunburnt and dehydrated, would be taken to Padang.
On Wednesday, South African surfer JM Tostee — who had been sharing a cabin with Archibald — posted details on Facebook about the search for Archibald.
"I only discovered [Archibald's absence] hours later when we woke up this morning at the surf spot and worked out that he wasnt in bis bunk, nor on the top deck. The coast guard boats and planes have searched the ocean all day and so have we... but found nothing yet. It’s dark now and we have to stop and start again tomorrow.
"I'm shattered... we all are. We won't stop searching."