Intrepid surfer’s return to Cape Town

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brett archibald handout Brett Archibald greets his relieved family in Cape Town on his return from a surfing trip gone wrong.

Cape Town - Camps Bay surfer Brett Archibald, who spent 28 hours treading water off the coast of Indonesia, was reunited with his family on Sunday.

Two weeks ago the 50-year-old surfer fell overboard from the charter boat Naga Laut on which he and a group of friends were travelling between Padang Padang and the Mentawai Islands off the island of Sumatra.

Chantal Malherbe from All Aboard Travel, the local company which organised the Indonesian surfing trip for the surfer and his friends, said Archibald arrived home safely.

“He has just arrived home and is taking time out for a family day. The family just wish to be alone and celebrate,” said Malherbe.

Archibald arrived at Cape Town International Airport and was greeted by his wife, Anita, and their two children Zara, 10, and Jamie, 6.

On April 17, Archibald spent the night floating in the Indian Ocean. He was stung by jellyfish and had to shield his eyes after having them pecked at by seagulls. He had fallen overboard after becoming seasick, vomiting severely and blacking out.


An Australian vessel rescued him.

The father of two had damage to his kidneys and lungs and his nose was badly lacerated, but he stayed on in Indonesia to complete his surfing trip.

Cape Argus

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