Coast Guard rescues two surfers in Corpus Christi Bay

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued two surfers 6 miles offshore in Corpus Christi Bay, Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi were notified at approximately 5:15 p.m. that a kite surfer was in distress near Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The command center immediately launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Port Aransas and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the kite surfer entangled in the kite’s lines approximately six miles offshore. Crew members hoisted him using a rescue basket and conducted an initial assessment of the man, but no medical assistance was required.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., the Coast Guard received a second report of a distressed surfer in Corpus Christi Bay.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas. The rescue crew located and safely retrieved the missing wind surfer.

The Coast Guard reminds everyone to never boat, paddle, or surf alone; be sure to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets; and be mindful of weather and water conditions to ensure your safety.

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