He felt an arm wrap around him and heard a voice that said, “we’ve got you, mate. ” Archibold, after nearly 28 hours straight in the ocean, was saved. “I’m so happy I’m alive,” he said between sips of water on board the Barrenjoey. “I can’t tell you.
Although he knew that blacktips aren’t normally dangerous to humans, it was still an unnerving encounter. “It’s weird, the human mind,” he said in December of 2017. “My first thought was, ‘oh he’s going to eat me. ’ I remember lifting my throat and saying ‘buddy, just rip my throat out.
Brett Archibald had been floating in the ocean for nearly 14 hours when he saw the boat he’d fallen off.
Surf Brett Archibald’s Surf Trip Horror Story: 28 Hours Alone and Lost at Sea Brett Archibald spent 28 hours floating in the Mentawai Strait.
In reality, however, he was floating in stormy seas, far from any land, and totally alone. “I have grown up around the ocean my entire life,” he told The Australian in 2016, three years later. “I knew I was 100km out to sea.
Jellyfish stung him and once, when he almost fell asleep, a pair of seagulls flew down and took a chunk of skin off the bridge of his nose. “This thing smacked me on the back of the head,” he says. “I lifted my head up to see what on earth it was and out of the blue, this bird just exploded into my face,” he said. “I felt the bridge of my nose, blood started flowing.
Instead, on the advice of his wife, he finished the rest of his trip. “I talked about it with my wife and she encouraged me to stay on,” he said. “I needed time to process the enormity of what had happened.
After more than two straight days of travel, Archibald and his friends finally boarded the Naga Laut, a chartered vessel, and set out for what he thought would be an amazing surf trip through the Mentawais.
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