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April, 2016  // Posts published in April, 2016

29 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Before we really professionalized the Beach Patrol, in the days before liability was an issue and we had a 2.6 minute average response time, it was a much looser outfit. This is true of most every long standing beach lifeguard service. Of course those of us still in the game romanticize the old days and […]

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22 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Pygmy Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale

Living as close to the ocean as we do we become very familiar with the flora and fauna that we see regularly. Things people come a great distance to enjoy can become commonplace if we don’t consciously strive to renew our appreciation. For some this is means merely making the time to slow down, make […]

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16 Apr Uncategorized | Comments Off on GMR

GMR

GMR

The two men were paddling a canoe about half a mile off of their dock on sportsman road when they turned over and were thrown in the water. They were not wearing life jackets and the water was cold. Although they could swim they began to tire quickly as their heat and energy were sucked […]

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12 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Mass Rescue

Mass Rescue

Mass Rescue

The report of the incident starts out, “15:04 Unit 290,Supervisor Buck & Stewart, dispatched by headquarters for swimmers out to far at TWR 25.  Unit 290 rolls from 28 and sand. 15:05 Unit 290 gets on location.  From the beach we can see 5 swimmers about 50 yards off shore  …  My partner, Supervisor Stewart […]

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01 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Mary’s Rescue

Mary’s Rescue

Mary’s Rescue

Last Saturday we almost lost several lives, including one of our lifeguards. The incident started relatively harmlessly. 5 people were swimming between the Pleasure Pier and the 27th street groin. There was a spot where there was a very weak rip current. A gentle drift that pushing offshore. Most people wouldn’t even notice it. But […]

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