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Matthew Bryce has been found safe and well (Police Scotland/PA)

Matthew Bryce has been found safe and well (Police Scotland/PA)

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

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Matthew Bryce has been found safe and well (Police Scotland/PA)

A surfer has been rescued 13 miles off the Scottish coast after more than 30 hours in the water.

Belfast Coastguard coordinated the search for Matthew Bryce, 22, from Glasgow, after he left to go surfing from Machrihanish beach near Campbeltown on Sunday and didn't return.

Dawn Petrie at Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre said: "Hope was fading of finding the surfer safe and well after such a long period in the water and with nightfall approaching we were gravely concerned but at 7.30pm tonight, the crew on the Coastguard rescue helicopter were delighted when they located the man still with his surf board and 13 miles off the coast."

Coastguard said the man was kitted out with appropriate clothing including a thick neoprene suit and that helped him to survive for so long at sea.

"He is hypothermic but conscious and has been flown to hospital in Belfast," Ms Petrie added.

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Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

Coastguard helicopter at Belfast City Airport. Photo: Adam Fawcett

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