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Gerard Butler rescued at Mavericks surf spot

  • FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011 file photo, actor Gerard Butler announces nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Butler is OK after being rescued during filming for a movie at Mavericks, a treacherous Northern California surf break known for stories-high waves. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

HALF MOON BAY — Gerard Butler is OK after being held underwater by some big waves while filming for a movie about a surfer at Mavericks, a famed Northern California surf break known for treacherous, stories-high waves.

Filmmakers were shooting the 42-year-old "Of Men and Mavericks" star paddling out with competitive surfers Greg Long, Zach Wormhoudt and Peter Mel on Sunday afternoon, the San Mateo County Times reported (http://bit.ly/rwDfAI).

The four were steering clear of a set of waves in the 15-foot range when a much larger set broke in front of them, said Wormhoudt, of Santa Cruz.

Butler was held underwater for two waves and washed through some rocks while tethered to his surfboard, Wormhoudt said. A safety patrolman on a Jet Ski swooped in and picked up the actor.

Butler was shaken up but not seriously injured, Wormhoudt said. He was taken by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center for examination and was later released.

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