- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A New York man has been rescued from surf with waves as high as 12 feet off the coast of Charlestown.

Authorities said a woman called Wednesday to say her husband got caught in a rip current while swimming at Blue Shutters Town Beach.

Police said 55-year-old Michael Novak of South Salem, New York, was about 400 feet off shore clinging to a boogie board. Rescuers launched a boat from the Breachway, and Sgt. Phillip Gingerella, a life guard, swam to him.

A big wave crashed over them and separated them as they headed to shore, but rescuers grabbed Novak. Gingerella also was helped back to land.

Novak, who was vacationing in Charlestown, declined to be taken to a hospital.

The beach had been closed for bad weather.

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