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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Gerard Butler, 42, had to be rescued from a treacherous California surf in the Half Moon Bay are.

AP reports that the actor was held underwater Sunday afternoon when a set of waves rolled in as he was filming scenes for the movie version of surfer Jay Moriarty's life story. He was washed through some rocks while tethered to his surfboard. A safety patrolman on a Jet Ski was able to swoop in and pick him up.

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

"Everything he was doing was within reason," Wormhoudt said. "We took, like, four to five pretty big waves on the head. Basically there's nothing you can do. It was intense for myself, and I've been through a lot out there."

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