A British surfer has broken his back after falling while surfing a monster wave in what a cameraman called the heaviest wipeout he'd ever caught on camera.
Andrew Cotton, a big wave surfer from North Devon, came off his board yesterday morning in Nazare, Portugal, where waves had reached nearly 50ft.
A number of film crews captured the incident on camera – with the footage viewed thousands of times.
Incredibly the big wave surfer said in a social media post that he plans to return to surfing after the dramatic accident.
The 36-year-old part-time plumber from Braunton was rescued from the water and placed on a spinal board before being taken to a local hospital, reports Devon Live.
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