GFD and fisherman help kayaker

Galveston firefighters Steven Beall and Robert Hooper and a kayaker assist a man who swamped his Sun Dolphin Aruba 8 kayak near the old causeway in Galveston on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

GALVESTON

The Galveston Fire Department and a good Samaritan helped a man who fell out of his kayak near the Galveston Causeway on Thursday afternoon.

The man apparently swamped his kayak about 3:30 p.m., fire department Capt. James Short said. A passerby called 911 to report the man in the water, he said.

The fire department's marine rescue unit launched a boat within five minutes of being called, Short said. By the time firefighters arrived, the man was clinging to the kayak of another man who was fishing nearby and had paddled over to help, Short said.

The firefighters brought the man back to shore. He did not require medical attention, Short said.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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