A deputy sheriff on Southern Oregon's coast who spent 45 minutes battling the surf and keeping a teenager's head above water was described as delirious and losing consciousness when rescuers were finally able to pull the two from 50-degree water.

Deputy Terry Brown was hypothermic and hospitalized in critical condition Monday, but he and the 14-year-old are expected to recover.

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop says the boy got pulled out to sea by what's known as a rip current.

Brown was among those responding to a 911 call. He stripped to his uniform pants and T-shirt, put on an orange life vest and went after the boy.

Boats couldn't get to the two. A rescue swimmer was able to get ropes to them so they could be pulled ashore.