Surfer Matthew Bryce has been discharged from hospital in Northern Ireland, little over a week after being rescued from sea after spending 30 hours adrift between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He was reported missing by family when he failed to return from a Sunday morning surf off the Argyll coast of Scotland.

The 22-year-old was eventually found by a search and rescue helicopter at around 7.30pm on Monday 1 May, drifting in the North Channel about halfway between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Speaking before his release from hospital, Mr Bryce thanked the staff at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for his care.

Mr Bryce, from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, thanked everyone involved in his treatment "for all the love, care and support shown to me through this particularly traumatic experience".

He added: "To each and every one of you, thank you very much."

His parents John and Isabella also thanked the public for the many get well wishes sent to their son.

They too praised the medical treatment he received, saying: "The staff here in the Ulster Hospital have been so thoughtful, kind and considerate, and this has helped make a traumatic experience for us much more bearable. They helped turn a negative experience into a positive one."

Members of the Coastguard who rescued Mr Bryce said he was "extremely lucky", adding that his surfing knowledge and wetsuit saved his life.