Gerard Butler Rescued At Big-Wave Surfing Spot During Film Shoot

Gerard Butler attends the UK premiere of Machine Gun Preacher at BAFTA in London on September 28, 2011 Gerard Butler attends the UK premiere of Machine Gun Preacher at BAFTA in London on September 28, 2011

Gerard Butler is OK after being rescued from a treacherous California surf break known for stories-high waves.

The 42-year-old star of “Of Men and Mavericks” was held underwater Sunday afternoon when a set of waves rolled in.

A safety patrolman on a Jet Ski swooped in and picked him up.

Competitive surfer Zach Wormhoudt tells The San Mateo County Times newspaper that the actor was shaken up but not seriously injured. Butler was taken by ambulance to a hospital for examination and later released.

“Of Men and Mavericks” is about surfer Jay Moriarty, who died in a free-diving accident in 2001 when he was 23.

Butler’s publicist Rupert Fowler didn’t immediately respond to an email message sent Tuesday.

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