Brazilian big wave surfer Maya Gabeira has survived a near-drowning experience at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, but she is already recovering in a Portuguese hospital.
Gabeira, 26, surfed one of the biggest waves ever by a female rider, during the Big Monday swell, in the Nazaré North Canyon, when she was caught by the whitewater.
After calling for jet ski support, Maya Gabeira lost consciousness due to exhaustion and had to be rescued by fellow Brazilian charger Carlos Burle, who brought her to shore for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The authorities have confirmed she is stable and will fully recover from the accident.
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