An off-duty Coast Guard civilian employee rescued a man near the Humboldt Bay north jetty Thursday, after seeing a man treading water in the high surf and strong current. A bystander called Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via 911 at approximately 8 a.m., reporting a surfer had lost his board near the Humboldt Bay north jetty and appeared to be in distress due to the strong current. Prior to any rescue units arriving on scene, Steven Bluntzer, a Sector Humboldt Bay civilian search and rescue controller and also a surfer, was on scene and noticed the distressed surfer. Bluntzer pulled the distressed surfer onto his own surfboard amid high surf and strong current. The surfer reported he had been fighting the current and treading water for approximately 45 minutes after losing his surfboard. Rescue boats then arrived on scene and transferred both individuals to shore.