Coast Guard, good Samaritan recover kite surfer near Queen Isabella Causeway

In this file photo, a Coast Guard crew from Station Chincoteague, demonstrates the capabilities of the 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water in the Elizabeth River near Portsmouth, Va., Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The SPC-SW, a new asset intended to operate in areas that other response boats cannot reach, will enhance capabilities for search and rescue, law enforcement, and Homeland Security missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jones)

24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water (USCG File Photo )

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — A good Samaritan recovered a man who fell from his kiteboard near the Queen Isabella Causeway, Thursday.

The good Samaritan, who was operating a pleasure craft nearby, witnessed the 57-year-old man fall off his kite board. The good Samaritan then recovered the man, dialed 9-1-1 and commenced CPR efforts. Dispatchers notified Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, which deployed a 24-ft Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat and crew at 2:15 p.m.

The crew of the SPC-SW took the man aboard their vessel and continued CPR efforts while en route to Paradise Boat Ramp on South Padre Island. There he was transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Knowing CPR is just as important as being able to pull someone out of the water,” said Petty Officer Second Class Christopher Gonzales, Officer of the Day at Station South Padre Island. “CPR is a vital tool to have on the water, because you never know when you are going to need it.”

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