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    Surfer Survives 14 Hours at Sea – Surfside, TX



    This one hits close to home, since it happened right over in Surfside, a favorite surf spot among Galveston locals. John Baker III drove to Surfside from his home in The Woodlands expecting to catch some fun waves on Thursday. The 61-year-young surfer, however, quickly found himself pulled out past the end of the jetties and unable to get back inside, closer to shore. Baker said the waves kept pushing him away from shore, regardless of how hard he paddled. "I paddled for about an hour and it was very obvious I wasn't making any headway," he said.

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    As you know, the water’s getting cold right now, and Baker was wearing a wetsuit. He said once he was about 10 miles from shore, he started counting his strokes. He would paddle 30 times, rest a minute, then paddle again, all in an effort to keep his core temperature up. Every hour he increased the number of his strokes, from 30 to 40, even 50.

    Incredibly, at 2am, 14 miles out to sea and 14 hours since stepping into the water, John Baker got close enough to an oil rig to grab a rope attached to it. He pulled himself to the rig, climbed up the stairs on its side, and found a door at the top. Opening the door brought two men to his aide, who provided him with food, water, and a phone to call his wife of 30 years.

    Now, Baker says he misses the surfboard he was using during the event. He said, “I sure miss that board. If someone finds it, I wouldn’t mind having it back.” It’s bound to show up on a local beach in a few days. If you see it, email us and we’ll help you get in touch with Baker.

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