By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
On a nearly perfect day to be on the beach a tragedy occurred as Thursday afternoon resulted with a death of a man after an accident on South Padre Island. According to Cameron County Constable reports, deputies were dispatched to the 58010 block of Padre Blvd., in reference to a swimmer in distress. Reports say that approximately one mile north of beach access #5- Bay Side after a citizen observed a kite boarder lose control of his kite and fall into the bay. Once falling into the bay it was reported that the kite boarder was dragged as he failed to gain control of the kite.
The un-named citizen then attempted to assist the kite boarder, identified as 57 year old Mark Ronald Hruby of Mora, Minnesota, and was able to get a boat out to Hruby and disable the kite. Hruby was unresponsive and the citizen transported Mora to a location where EMS personnel arrived.
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