Ketchikan surfer rescued by Coast Guard

Posted: Monday, January 06, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a surfer Sunday from the waters off Ketchikan.

Coast Guard officials said Ross Avila of Ketchkian was surfing off Rotary Beach at about 3:30 p.m. when he was overwhelmed by the current and swept from the area. A friend called the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard boat with a four-person crew was dispatched and arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. Visibility was poor and winds were gusting to 50 knots. Coast Guard officials say Avila eventually bobbed into view aboard his surf board.

He was taken on board the boat, treated for mild hypothermia and taken to shore.

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