Chicago man pulled under while wade fishing

   A 64-year-old Chicago man drowned after he was swept out in the gulf by rip tides about a quarter-mile from the pier at Jetty Park at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s office said.
   The man, identified as Javier Lopez, from Chicago, Ill., was said to be wade fishing at the time he was swept out, reports show.
   Sgt. Phillip Hester, one of the deputies working beach patrol, entered the water and swam out 150 to 200 yards to try and rescue Lopez, who was taken under by the riptide.  
   Hester escaped the riptide and swam back to shore.  
   Deputy Tyler Garza got into a boat with a local boater and they went out into the gulf to find Lopez.  
   Garza and those on the boat got Lopez into the boat and took him to the LCRA boat ramp where EMS had staged and was waiting.  
   CPR was performed on the victim all the way to the boat ramp, deputies said.
   Once on shore, EMS personnel determined Lopez was dead.  
      Sheriff Skipper Osborne notified the victim’s family who was at the beach.  
   Precinct 6 JP Jim Powell was called to the scene and performed an inquest.  
   Osborne noted that Hester is a former Navy diver and excellent swimmer and was barely able to escape the clutches of the rip tide which shows how dangerous the swimming conditions can get at Matagorda Beach. 

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