After a few days wait great news on João Chianca after his horror wipeout and near drowning incident at Pipe.

The family have issued a photo and a statement:

“We would like to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes. João is recovering and hopes to return to the water soon. We would also like to thank all the first responders and medical staff at The Queen’s Medical Center who have been caring for João. The outpouring of support means a lot to our family.”

Massive well done to all the rescuers and medical staff!

Would you know what to do in an emergency situation?

Rescue techniques for surfers here