Actor Gerard Butler cheats death after surfing mishap

Gerard Butler, the star  of 300, is lucky to be alive after he became trapped underwater at a California beach while surfing.

Butler was in the water about two miles from Pillar Point Harbor, just south of San Francisco when he ran into trouble.

He was pounded by breakers that were 12 feet high, was tossed from his surf board, and was pinned underneath the water while more waves washed in over him.

The experienced surfers recently drowned at the same are, which is notoriously dangerous.