Coast Guard rescues 12-year-old boy swept off in current

NEAR GALVESTON, TX (CNN/KPRC) — A dramatic rescue off the Gulf Coast of Texas is caught on camera.

The Coast Guard says the tide pulled a boy hundreds of yards out to sea. Luckily, he was clutching an inner tube.

This is video taken just moments after Coast Guard rescuers plucked a boy from the waters off Crystal Beach.

An innocent afternoon swim with family quickly turned terrifying when the 12-year-old got swept out in a current and wound up nearly 400 yards off shore.

He was hanging on to an inner tube — which is what may have saved him.

“He was very scared,” said Rodney Rios, with the U.S. Coast Guard. “He told us he was out there for about an hour trying to paddle back, but he wasn’t making much headway.”

Rios and the three other Coast Guard crew members from Ellington Field were out doing a routine shore patrol when they got the call.

They found the 12-year-old floating about nine minutes later, and a rescue simmer went into the water and saved him.

It’s a scary story that has a happy ending for this boy who is on vacation with his family from North Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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