Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Freeport

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker near the San Luis Pass Bridge in Freeport, Texas today.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call at 11:35 a.m. from the officer of the day at Station Freeport of a kayaker stranded 300 yards off Surfside Beach, Texas.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and a rescue boat crew from Station Freeport. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 12:05 p.m., hoisted the man and transported him to the Surfside Beach Police Department where he was reported in good condition.

Phillip Holt, a 36-year-old man from Houston, was kayaking along Surfside Beach when he became exhausted from paddling in rough seas. After trying for some time to paddle back to shore Holt used a cell phone to contact Station Freeport for assistance. Holt was in knee deep water but was not able to get back to land on his own. He was also reported not be wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard would like to remind the public to wear a life jacket at all times, it can save your life. Furthermore, filling a float plan and telling friends or family where your going and when you expect to return are strongly recommended.

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