Texas Coast Guard crews rescue teen after seizure, kayaker from Gulf

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Coast Guard crews helped rescue a pair of people during the weekend, including a teenage female angler who suffered a seizure south of Port Mansfield.

Crews were called at about 8 Saturday morning by the father of the 17-year-old girl, after they were fishing about eight miles south of Port Mansfield. Crews from the Coast Guard’s Corpus Christi and South Padre Island stations responded in an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and 33-foot special purpose boat. The girl was taken to Valley Baptist Hospital in stable condition, according to a news release.

About three hours later, Coast Guard crews responded after a report of an overturned kayaker north of Packery Channel on Padre Island. A helicopter was diverted to the area to search for the man while another response boat was launched from the Port Aransas station, according to the release.

The man was found clinging to the half-submerged kayak about a mile offshore, and he was picked up by the boat. He was wearing a life jacket. No injuries were reported, according to the release.

Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.