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April, 2015  // Posts published in April, 2015

24 Apr Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on NOAA Conference

NOAA Conference

NOAA Conference

Rip currents, which typically pull people perpendicular from shore, are the cause of 80% of drowning death in beaches both in and outside of the USA. In Galveston, we are lucky because rip currents mostly occur right next to the rock groins. That’s why we have signs and ropes near the rocks and why we […]

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17 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on A Day With Babe

A Day With Babe

A Day With Babe

I was very, very fortunate last week to get to spend time with a personal hero. A man Molly Ivins once called a “White-Maned Pixie” who needs no introduction. A. R. “Babe” Schwartz joined a group of Park Board staff members and Texas General Land office representatives to take a tour of Galveston’s beaches. As […]

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10 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Man-O-War

Man-O-War

Man-O-War

Earlier this week in the morning I was out early training in the beach. We were swimming and, although still a little cool, the water was tolerable without a wetsuit. Suddenly I felt a familiar pain on the side of my stomach as a tentacle grazed me. After the swim lap we ran back to […]

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03 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Hypothermia Story: Part 2

Hypothermia Story: Part 2

Hypothermia Story: Part 2

In last week’s column I talked about a young girl who suffered the effects of hypothermia as a result of swimming in the cold beach water. While most of us know the basics of what hypothermia is there is specific information that could be helpful, especially when swimming during the colder months. The Mayo Clinic […]

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