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Jul 5, 2013 5:28 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

First-Time Kayaker Rescued on North Beach

CORPUS CHRISTI - A visit to North Beach almost ended in tragedy for a first-time kayaker out on the water for Independence Day. The 21-year-old never thought he'd end up fighting for his life.

"When I first went out there, I mean I did fine. And then my second time out there, I was already sea sick and tired, and a wave came and I flipped over couldn't get back on."

He couldn't get back aboard, so he did the next best thing and held on for dear life. "The boat floats you know, so just had to get on it, I mean hold on to it."

He was 200 yards off shore when some beachgoers finally noticed the capsized kayak.

"I just saw him struggling out there. He was just struggling trying to get up off the, what is that, a canoe, kayak. He kept coming up, going down, up and down, and I noticed that he was struggling," said witness Teresa Morales.

A jet-skiier down the beach rushed out to rescue him, flipped the kayak right-side up and got the rider back on. Moments later, he was back on shore.

We caught up with the rescuer who was a little camera shy, but admits he simply saw a man in danger and helped out.

"Someone had to help him. I like helping people but I don't like being called a hero," said Tracy Bock.

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