Happy homecoming for SA surfer

2013-04-29 08:21
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Cape Town - It was a happy homecoming for South African surfer Brett Archibald, 50, who made headlines after surviving 27 hours at sea after falling off a boat on a surfing holiday in Indonesia.

Archibald’s family was waiting for him at Cape Town International on Sunday morning when the Camps Bay businessman arrived with two surfboards and a bag of clothes, reported Beeld.

His wife Anita and their two children, Zara, 9, and Jamie, 6, were there to welcome him and his sister-in-law Helene Planting and her children were dressed in wetsuits and flippers, waiting eagerly for his arrival.

Others stood around, wearing diving goggles.

Archibald’s wife and children were allowed past the security barrier to greet him and he grinned broadly when his family embraced him.

He told how he was stung by jelly fish and was bothered by sharks and sea birds. “If it had been the water of Camps Bay, I wouldn’t have lasted more than five hours. The warm water in Indonesia definitely helped.” 

Zara recorded her father’s arrival on her tablet device. “I was a bit tearful but I am now so happy that my dad is back safely with us.”

Archibald told the Cape Times that his survival was a miracle, and joked that he swam better and faster than Chad le Clos chased by Michael Phelps.

He said his first thoughts when he stepped off the plane were that he was so happy to be home and couldn't wait to see his family.

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