Gerard Butler cheats death

Posted: 12/24/2011 in all marine news

Mike Larkin – 

Gerard Butler cheated death after being pinned under the water by powerful waves at a notoriously dangerous California surfing spot.

The 300 star was getting ready to film action scenes when he was thrown off his surfboard and pummelled by breakers at least 12 feet high at Maverick’s.

Two expert surfers have been killed while riding at the location, which is located two miles from shore in Pillar Point Harbor, south of San Francisco.

The Scot was held underwater for two consecutive waves, before being hit on the head by four or five more when he managed to swim to the surface.

Eventually the 42-year-old was plucked from the water and onto a jet-ski, before being taken to the shore and rushed to hospital by an ambulance.

The star was taken to the nearby Stanford Medical Centre and detained for observation overnight.

Gerard’s representative said: ‘He is totally fine, they held him for observation.

‘But he has been cleared and he is ok.’ The Paisley, Renfrewshire born actor was shooting footage on Sunday for his upcoming flick Of Men and Mavericks, which tells the story of tragic young surfer Jay Moriarity.

The surfing icon made a big splash in the sport by conquering Mavericks at the age of just 16. However he ended up dying just six years later while free diving off the coast of the island Lohifushi in the Maldives.

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