Coast Guard rescues surfer swept out to sea
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crewmembers from Aids to Navigation Team South Padre Island rescued a stranded surfer that had been pulled to sea in a strong rip current, Tuesday.
Crewmembers from the Aids to Navigation Team were conducting routine maintenance on range markers at 9:45 a.m., when they came across the surfer near the entrance to the South Padre Island jetties. The surfer had been swept away from a nearby beach by a rip current.
The boatcrew took the surfer aboard and brought him to the Isla Blanca boat ramp.
"We recommend that all surfers closely evaluate surf conditions before heading out, always follow the buddy system while surfing, and let a friend know where and for how long you will be surfing," said Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Evans, public affairs officer for Sector Corpus Christi.