FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — Officials say a man wearing a life jacket who fell from his sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas has survived by swimming about 3 miles to shore.

The Coast Guard on Sunday didn't immediately release the name of the 51-year-old survivor.

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Department on Saturday night called the Coast Guard to report a sailboat washed up on Surfside Beach with no one aboard.

The Coast Guard in Houston and Freeport launched a search by air and boat. Searchers about an hour later spotted the man on the beach in an area where the sailboat was recovered. The man told rescuers he fell off the boat and swam to shore.

Further details on his condition weren't immediately released Sunday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.




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