Big wave Cornwall surfer Tom Butler crushed under tonnes of water
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Big wave surfer Tom Butler hit by tonnes of water

An international surfer has spoken about the moment he was hit by tonnes of water at a big wave competition in Portugal.

Tom Butler, 27, from Cornwall, was in a World Surf League event at Nazare when he fell on the 30ft (10m) wave.

He was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a split ear, bruised ribs and suspected lung injury.

"I feel very grateful to not be hurt worse," he said, looking back at the video.

More on Tom's escape and other stories from Cornwall here.

  • 29 Dec 2016