WATCH | The moment surfer breaks his back in scary big wave wipeout

10 November 2017 - 10:16 By TimesLIVE
Andrew Cotton drops a wave during a surf session at Praia do Norte on November 8, 2017 in Nazare, Portugal. Cotton suffered a broken back after the wave knocked him off his board.
Andrew Cotton drops a wave during a surf session at Praia do Norte on November 8, 2017 in Nazare, Portugal. Cotton suffered a broken back after the wave knocked him off his board.
Image: Octavio Passos/Getty Images

A British surfer has broken his back after he wiped-out while riding a massive wave in Nazare, Portugal.

Andrew Cotton was rescued by a team including local lifeguards. The big wave surfer posted a video of the wipe-out to Instagram, showing the moment he was thrown from his board and slammed back-first into the water at high speed. 

 

The 36-year-old thanked everyone who helped him in his post, adding, "Everyone was really calm, you guys really saved my back, which unfortunately is broken but definitely could be worse, so thank you."

Cotton was filming a documentary with Hugo Vau prior to the wipe-out.

His wife, Katie Cotton, told the Telegraph there was good prognosis for a rapid recovery.

"He's had an MRI scan and X-rays, he's got a break in his lower back. "We have a really good team of support people, and we all feel like he's got good people and contact with him but we just want to get him home."

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