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Video: Pro Surfer Hospitalized After Horrifying Crash

Alex Botelho races down a wave.

Portuguese big wave surfer Alex Botelho competes during the 4th heat of the 1st round of the WSL Nazare Challenge at Praia do Norte in Nazare, central Portugal, on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP via Getty Images)

A scary scene unfolded in during a surfing contest in Portugal today.

Surfer Alex Botelho was competing in the Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge when he crashed and had to be rescued. During the rescue attempt, though, a wave capsized the jet ski which raced in to help Botelho.

He and the two on the jet ski were tossed by a series of waves.

Botelho appeared to be unconscious when he washed up on shore. Other surfers and emergency rescuers ran to Botelho's side, heaving him out of the water.

Here's video of the incident.

The World Surfing League released a statement about the incident. In the statement, the league announced Botelho is stable and conscious in the hospital.

"Big Wave Surfer Alex Botelho was involved in a very serious incident during the Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge. He was rushed to the hospital and we now have an update on his condition. Currently, he is stable and conscious. He will stay at the hospital for further evaluation.

A heartfelt thank you to the safety and medical teams for their quick response. We are wishing Alex a full and speedy recovery."

It's good to hear Botelho is doing well after what could have been a tragic incident.