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Gerard Butler Survives Maverick's Fall

300 star almost drowns in 12-foot surf

After getting hit and held down by a series of 10- to 12-foot waves at Maverick's, actor and novice surfer Gerard Butler was taken by ambulance to the Stanford Medical Center. The 300 star took to the water on December 20 with surfers Greg Long, Peter Mel, and Zach Wormhoudt to shoot a movie about the life of Jay Moriarity, who gained fame at the break at the age of 16 and later passed away freediving near the Maldives. "For Mel, Long and Wormhoudt it's all in a day's work," surfer Frank Quiante told The Daily Mail. "But according to other eyewitnesses, Butler was held down for a solid two waves and took four or five more on the head before being washed through the rocks on the inside, where he was finally able to be plucked out." The 42-year-old movie star was held at the medical center for observation but is otherwise unharmed.

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