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18th April 2013, 09:25
As our friend Gio says: Will share this here :)

This is the story of my best friend and father of my godchild.

After falling overboard during rough seas in Indonesia whilst on a surfing holiday with friends, he was found alive after floating for 27 hours!!


There is so much 'dreck' out there, let us count our blessings! The sleepless night, vigil and prayers have been worth it.

As the story unfolded:

South Africa man missing on surfing trip.

Cape Town - A South Africa man is missing at sea in Indonesia after being swept overboard while travelling to the Mentawaii Islands off Sumatra.

Brett Archibald, from Cape Town, on a surfing trip to the southeast Asian country, was aboard the boat Naga Laut when other passengers noticed that he was missing at breakfast, around 08:00.

He had last been seen around 04:30 local time.

According to a passenger, Archibald had been very seasick during a storm and may have fallen overboard when getting sick on deck whilst others were asleep on Wednesday morning.

The boat was immediately turned around to retrace the route. Indonesian maritime authorities are currently conducting a search and rescue mission.

Source (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/SA-man-missing-at-sea-in-Indonesia-20130417)

The air search was called off when light made it impossible to. But there were boats out, all dispatched without question or concern about monetary compensation

When he was finally found, the news soon spread.
Here an article from Australian News.com

A SURFER who fell overboard and was left floating for 27 hours in Indonesia has been rescued by a Sydney-owned private charter boat.

South African Brett Archibald was among 10 passengers on a tour boat making the overnight trip between Padang and the Mentawais.

He was reported missing by a fellow passenger after failing to turn up for breakfast, surf magazine Stab reported. The Cape Town resident had reportedly been suffering from seasickness.

Private surf charter boats in the area - led by the Sydney-owned Barrenjoey - joined the rescue bid.

The Indonesian Federal Search and Rescue Basarmas also co-ordinated a search and rescue with local Indonesian authorities and coast guard.

The captain of the Barrenjoey, which is owned by Sydney couple John and Belinda McGroder, found Archibald, 50, in the ocean, floating on his back.

Captain Doris discovered Archibald today about 20 kilometres from where the surfer had fallen overboard 27 hours earlier.

Archibald, who was sunburnt and dehydrated, will be taken to Padang.

“Brett Archibald has boarded the Barenjoey 20 mins ago,” wrote All Aboard Travel on their Facebook. “He is alive. A bit sunburnt and dehydrated. He was floating alone. The boat is taking him to the Indies Trader III so that he can phone his wife."

Source (http://www.news.com.au/national-news/surfer-brett-archibald-found-floating-in-ocean-after-27-hours-by-sydney-charter-boat-barrenjoey/story-fncynjr2-1226623522405)

A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Searching-for-Brett-Archibald/168963063261976) dedicated to his search (sorry to those who have no access). The prayer circle was far and wide.

He is my Hero!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust


18th April 2013, 11:21
I'm really happy for your friend and yourself ViralSpiral !

Good news indeed ! :)

18th April 2013, 15:51
A wonderful, spirit strengthening story
thank you so much for sharing.

18th April 2013, 21:50
Yep, still a couple or some, good people with hearts still big enough to help, when help is needed, even among rich people, with yachts. hmm.

Thank you, ViralSpiral for a most Heart warming story. It does us all much good to hear when things go right for a change.:clap2::clap2::clap2:

18th April 2013, 22:56
YEAH!!!! Always love to hear great news :)

19th April 2013, 09:20
Beautiful story ViralSpiral! thank you for a Good News! Sending you and your friend lots of Love!:fans::fans::fans::thank_you2:

19th April 2013, 10:25
Thank you everyone :)

My friend is okay. Although I have not yet personally been able to speak to him as contact is only via one satellite phone with intermittent signal, I am in constant contact with his wife, who has just spoken to him.
He has decided to continue on with the journey. Partly to work through this life-changing experience, and also to 'get back on the horse' (and avoid main stream media). The sea and surf has been his life.
Whatever judgements one has i.r.o not immediately returning home to his family is one's 'own stuff'. I applaud his decision and so do his family. If you knew the man, you would too.

I still cannot get my head around floating in an open sea, without a like-jacket or flotsam to hang onto for 27 hours!!!!! with only my thoughts........ seeing boat after boat pass you by.

What hopes I DO have for him is that he goes on motivational tours. This is an epic story to tell.

I am flying to South Africa soon, and CAN'T WAIT to embrace the family, "whole".

Thanks again.


19th April 2013, 10:26
Universe is as Universe does.


It works equally well for surfers as it does for kitty cats.

19th April 2013, 10:28
Universe is as Universe does.


It works equally well for surfers as it does for kitty cats.


made my day!
what? no kitty pics???