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A 35-year-old man drowned at a Brazoria County beach Friday evening.

Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting someone was in distress in the water at 5:18 p.m. Friday, Sheriff’s Lt. Varon Snelgrove said. Bystanders recovered the Harris County man’s body at 6:05 p.m., he said.

The man’s identity could not be released Friday as the family had not yet been notified, Snelgrove said.

The man was swimming out to a sandbar and got into distress at some point, Snelgrove said. A nearby friend was unable to save him, he said.

“From what we understand, he was not a strong swimmer,” Snelgrove said.

It was a relatively nice day without severe wind and wave action, but you can’t see below the water, he said. There was some sort of current the man got caught in and he became fatigued, Snelgrove said.

Debbie Taylor said she and her husband Darrell Taylor arrived at the scene at about 6 p.m. Her husband is retired from the Coast Guard and helped pull the man out of the water, she said.

They saw a man in the surf with a kayak paddle, pushing down like he was looking for someone, Debbie Taylor said.

When the man was pulled out, she determined from her experience as a retired emergency room nurse that the man was beyond resuscitation, she said.

The drowning happened about a mile into Brazoria County from San Luis Pass, Debbie Taylor said.

“It looks real calm and pretty out there today but apparently it’s not,” Debbie Taylor said.

Debbie and Darrell Taylor are in the process of joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary so they can be on beaches on the weekend and help to educate beachgoers to prevent further catastrophes, Debbie Taylor said.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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