Emergency crews responded Tuesday to a man who was pulled from the surf after going underwater on Mustang Island. It happened about 1:30 p.m. near beach marker 38. At the time, the waves appeared calmer than they had been in previous days. Bystanders gave the 62 year old man CPR until emergency crews arrived on the scene. He was rushed to Bay Area Hospital where he was reported to be unresponsive.
The incident follows another near drowning that happened just one day before near Horace Caldwell Pier. Police officers were alerted to a woman who was screaming for help. That incident happened about 4 a.m. A fisherman on the pier heard those screams and called authorities. Officers used their spotlights and located the woman about 300 feet from shore. She was eventually rescued and she is said to be recovering.
These incidents come as there are warnings of the possible effects from Tropical Storm Franklin in the days ahead. The storm will move into the Gulf of Mexico sometime Wednesday morning and while the storm will stay south of us and move into Mexico, we are expected to see higher than normal tides. Starting Wednesday morning, we could see water make its way up to the dunes, and we could also see waves as high as six feet.
If you happen to get caught in a rip tide, you are urged to remain calm, yell for help as you swim parallel to the shore until you are able to get free.
It's still summer time for a lot of folks and we are still seeing plenty of people on local beaches who are taking vacations before the start of school.
Remember to keep an eye on your loved ones.