Alex Botelho crashes at Nazaré, taken to hospital (video)

Screenshot from video of Alex Botelho and Hugo Vau’s crash at Nazaré

A Portuguese big wave surfer is lucky to be alive after a frightening incident at one of the sport’s most dangerous locations. 

Alex Botelho was competing in Tuesday’s Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge in Portugal when he wiped out and was picked up on a jet ski by his partner, Hugo Vau. As Vau attempted to outrun the wall of water behind them, a second wave hit the jet ski from the front. Botelho and Vau were thrown from the jet ski and tossed around in the surf, with Botelho face down in the water and apparently unconscious. Rescuers hurried to get the two men out of the water and both were rushed to the hospital. 

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