May 26, 2013
JAMAICA BEACH - Rescue personnel responded to yet another near-drowning this afternoon in the seaside village of Jamaica Beach on west Galveston island.
Two men set out to fish from a Kayak but before they even got a hook in the water, their Kayak overturned dumping them both in the Gulf waters about 350 yards offshore.
Jacob Grant, 27, of Dickinson and Mark Pelc, 23, of Pearland told Galveston Beach Patrol Lifeguard Brandon Venegas when their Kayak overturned they both struggled to keep each other afloat and cling to the boat. However, Grant said the Kayak filled with water and disappeared leaving him, without a life jacket, struggling in the water. Pelc, who was wearing a life jacket fought furiously to swim Grant to shore but the tide was against him. He went on to shore alone to call for help.
"I thought my best friend was dead," an emotional Pelc said.
A force of first responders answered the call including Jamaica Beach Fire and Rescue, the Galveston Beach Patrol, Galveston Fire Department and Jamaica Beach Police.
Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis and a Jamaica Beach firefighter rescued Grant from the water in time and took him ashore.
Both men were treated for salt water ingestion by Galveston EMS personnel.
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Jacob Grant is brought ashore by
Jamaica Beach firefighter (L) and
Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis
Mark Pelc (sitting w/beard) explains
what happened to rescue personnel
Jacob Grant it brought to first aid station
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