Glasgow surfer Matthew Bryce was picked up 13 miles off the coast of North Ireland after drifting off the Scottish coast for more than 30 hours

The 22-year-old was last seen heading out for a surf around Machrihanish beach near Campbeltown, Argyll at 9am on Sunday but failed to return. He was rescued Monday evening at 7.30pm.

Dawn Petrie at Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre, who co-ordinated the search 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 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.

“He was kitted out with all the right clothing, including a thick neoprene suit, and this must have helped him to survive for so long at sea.

“He is hypothermic but conscious and has been flown to hospital in Belfast.”

Water temperature the area is about 9 degrees.

Matt being winched from the sea…