A man is lucky to be alive after he was discovered unconscious in the surf early Thursday evening near Olive Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.
According to witnesses, only 25 minutes after the beach patrol had gone off duty, the victim had been seen in the ocean in front of the Boardwalk Plaza where he was struck by a wave. A father and son noticed the man face down in the surf and brought him out of the water.
The 65-year-old man, who was initially unconscious, complained of tingling in his fingers when he regained consciousness. He was taken to Beebe Hospital by ambulance.
Off-duty Rehoboth Beach Patrol members along with police, the Rehoboth Beach ambulance crew and Sussex County EMS came to his aid.
The surf this past week has been becoming more rough after a relatively calm summer. Lifeguards have been making a special effort to warn beach goers of the dangers, especially given the increase in water rescues the past few days.