Gerard Butler Close Call
December 20, 2011 by staff
The San Jose Mercury News reports the 42-year-old Butler was paddling out with three professional surfers when waves taller than 15-feet broke in front of them, sending the 300 actor and the surfboard he was tethered to under the water.
A water safety guard on a jet ski immediately rushed to the actor’s aid. Though shaken, Butler was not injured nor were any of the surfers who accompanied him. Still, he went to Stanford Medical Center for observation and was later released.
Butler is starring in the movie, Of Men and Mavericks, the story of surfer Jay Moriarty, who conquered the Mavericks, a surfing location in Northern California. Moriarty died in a free-diving accident shortly before his 23rd birthday. Butler plays surfer Frosty Hesson.
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