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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 12-Year-Old Boy

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew diverted to rescue a 12-year-old boy that had drifted 300-400 yards into the ocean on an innertube off Crystal Beach, on Bolivar Peninsula (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

(HOUSTON) – A 12-year-old boy was rescued by the Coast Guard Tuesday after his inner tube drifted more than 300 yards away from the shores of Crystal Beach.

The Coast Guard responded to the call by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at about 2 p.m. after the boy was pulled out to sea and separated from his family.

Lt. Michael Gibson said the boy was as much help in his rescue as he was the cause of his scary ordeal.

“Unfortunately some bad decisions left him stranded, but he contributed to his own rescue by making the wise decision to stay with his raft instead of trying to swim back to shore,” Gibson said. “This gave us a big target to spot and made it much easier to effect a rescue.”

A boat crew was able to recover the boy’s inner tube. Hopefully, he’ll use it with more caution in the future.

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