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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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

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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

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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

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

Author — Lígia Leal

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

Author — Hank Issac

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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

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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 aid...at least one person dies. Well done to all those that came to their aid and saved their lives.

Author — shooter7a

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

Author — grupil

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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

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

Author — Jay Lair

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

Author — Seeking Truth

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

Author — frank beans

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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

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If that’s not pushing the limits I don’t know what is.

Author — Anthony O’Neill

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Mad respect for the rescuers and doctors 🙌🏻

Author — Der Mongo

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That was the gnarliest thing I ever saw
In surfing it looked scary... I'm so glad those guys are alive🙏

Author — Chris Fernandez

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We wish him and we'll and are grateful he is alive.
❤✌

Author — surfingboardsrideonMatty D

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Glad everyone is doing ok after that. Looked horrendous

Author — Robert Aldridge

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I always watch amazed riding the heavy waves with heavy music like SoaD or Delta Parole or with relaxing music videos in background. If crazy like then always heavy tho

Author — Amada Hita

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Looks like the surfer knocked himself out on the back/transom of the ski coming down. The driver stayed conscious and was able to swim.

Author — shooter7a