Alex Botelho Survives Jet Ski Incident at 2020 WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

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Big Wave Surfer Alex Botelho was involved in a very serious incident during the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge. He was rushed to the hospital and we now have an update on his condition. Currently, he is stable and conscious. He will stay at the hospital for further evaluation.

A heartfelt thank you to the safety and medical teams for their quick response. We are wishing Alex a full and speedy recovery.

The work of the Water Safety Team in rescuing and saving Alex's life was incredible.


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💬 Comments on the video

That was terrifying. So glad the guy made it. Immediate medical care probably made all the difference. Water safety and medical crew congrats, you totally won the internet today.

Author — AlohaMilton


I am glad they brought him around. He looked face down.

Author — James Battles


It's pitifull that people that don't know the event format or the ppl involved come to this video trash talking everyone... The pilot of the jetsky is Hugo Vau. If you don't know who he is, google it. The event format is teams of 2 where both surf and both drive (with the exception of Justine's team). The comentators are some of the best and only realized the situation when they saw Alex floating... they thought it was a piece of the jetsky.... Check WSL for full replay and you'll understand how insane this was and how long Alex was out. This accident happened at the last 10 min of the last heat, after 6 hours of glorious surfing (with some major wipouts but no serious injuries)... If you don't know what you are talking about, just shut up so you don't make yourself look like a arse.
Great event WSL and cheers for all you gladiators riding those beautifull mountains :)

Author — Filipe Martins


That’s absolutely insane. Glad all is well. Honestly so much respect for these guys and gals who put their lives on the line to do what they love

Author — Christian Somoya


A ESPN2 bem que poderia transmitir o evento ...Wsl, que acha em fazer parceria?

Author — Lígia Leal


Laughter sometimes happens involuntarily at times of being overwhelmed by almost anything, it's not an indication of callousness.

Author — Jay Lair


That Massive closeout transformed into a double-up ricochet just like that! Ocean always wins. Looks like that hinge fixed man-basket on back of ski turned him into point of spear upon splashdown & it was all tumble washing after that.

Author — Kevin Karges


Maybe ppl will ask me "why do you Like this?" I liked this video for one reason being, the emergency response was immediate and showed the love between all these brothers. And sisters. We're in this together. Thank you for the rescue. The immediate caring for a man down.

Author — Ryan Vick


Scary situation... When you push this hard something bad happening becomes more of a possibility.

Author — grupil


0:07 is one of the most massively violent over the falls I have ever seen. They got rag dolled for like 100 meters at 30 mph after going over. A lot of times surfers claim that "if they fall they die". It is almost always total BS. In this case, the chance of death was truly significant. If not for outside least one person dies. Well done to all those that came to their aid and saved their lives.

Author — shooter7a


parabéns a equipe de resgate e a todos envolvidos na ressuscitação do atleta, em especial ao Alemão de Maresias.

Author — MARCUS Abreu


Update: Alex condition has improved. He is still in intensive care but is now breathing without the assistance of a ventilator. Get well soon Alex. All the best.

Author — max mackinlay


always a stray dog running around the scene when something happens

Author — malcolm stamm


God bless him I’m so glade that he was ok may he fully recover and may god bless him and god bless us all!🙏🏼❤️

Author — Kyle Faber


Omg! That was a quick reminder just how dangerous it is out there even if you're on a jetski.

Author — Seeking Truth


Terrifying. Wishing guys involved a full recovery and better days ahead. The intensity and awareness of surrounding imminent danger by that recovery crew in the wash must be off the charts. Hats off to you.

Author — interminably perplexed


That's a long time to be unconscious in the water 🙁

Author — frank beans


Thankful everyone involved, made it out safe!!! Mad props to the recovery team’s, for being fearless in their rescue efforts!!!

Author — Shannon Young


Glad everyone is doing ok after that. Looked horrendous

Author — Robert Aldridge


Great work by the rescuers! Things can go wrong so incredibly fast...

Author — MrFuglyTHEtroll