Texas kitesurfer rescued while clinging to debris off Gulf Coast

A kitesurfer was rescued Saturday afternoon off the Texas Gulf Coast after being stranded without a life jacket, according to the Coast Guard.

Someone called 911 just after noon to report a man holding on to a piece of wood in the water near Galveston Bay.

Two Coast Guard lifeboats were dispatched to the scene and pulled the man out of the water before taking him to fire service personnel for treatment.

“Everyone should wear a life jacket, regardless of the activities you have planned on the water,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Wideman said in a statement.

“Life jackets provide buoyancy and high visibility, making it easier for search and rescue teams to find you in the water.”

Images released by the Coast Guard show the man aboard the rescue ship with his kitesurfing gear. Nobody was injured.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/27/texas-kite-surfer-rescued-while-clinging-to-wooden-debris-off-gulf-coast/ Texas kitesurfer rescued while clinging to debris off Gulf Coast

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