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Double High Tides

Double High Tides

Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our fulltime guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on February 1st. We’ll also respond to 911 calls anytime day or night […]

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Lightning

Lightning

The lone lifeguard stood on Stewart Beach. The air was thick as a dark, green frontal system moved in from the north.  In the distance lifeguard trucks drove up and down the beach using their loudspeakers to let people know lightning was moving into the area. Bolts of lightning struck nearby.  The lifeguard whistled at […]

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09 Sep Beach Safety, GIBP News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tech and Harvey

Tech and Harvey

Tech and Harvey

As Beach Patrol Supervisor Austin Kirwin navigated his jet ski to the side of the highway to drop off another group of rescued people, his partner helped them dismount the rescue sled attached to the ski and walked them to shore. Meanwhile, Austin pulled out his phone in its waterproof case and squinted through the […]

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04 Aug Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

It has been a rough summer on the upper Texas coast up to this point and this has led to some cause and effect incidents that are both interesting and tragic. We’ve had a persistent strong wind for most of the season, resulting in strong lateral current and surf. This has, in turn, led to […]

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12 Jul Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on May School Graduates

May School Graduates

May School Graduates

We are having another tryout and lifeguard academy that will start at 7am on June 15th. Information is on our website. Spread the word! Last weekend we had a big turnout for our lifeguard tryouts. Typically, less than half of the people that show up make it through the process and are admitted into our […]

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05 May Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Pleasure Pier Rescue

Pleasure Pier Rescue

Pleasure Pier Rescue

The waves weren’t that big but there was a steady current running from east to west. After clearing the Pleasure Pier, it made a wide long loop to shore and, on the inside, pushed west to east. The new sand with its steeper drop off caused the waves and current to pile up and push […]

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13 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Go Texas Beaches!

Go Texas Beaches!

Go Texas Beaches!

Some exciting things to do with ocean safety are happening in Texas right now. Galveston has had some type of lifeguard protection for recreational swimmers since just a few years after 1900. This isn’t the case for most of the Texas coast. For many years the beaches of South Padre Island didn’t have any type […]

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06 Aug Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

The late afternoon sun danced across the water of the East End Lagoon. A six year old boy was crabbing in the shallow pool on the side of the road. As he walked back and forth his family fished, hung out, and enjoyed the beautiful Saturday afternoon. An occasional car crossed the bridge above the […]

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30 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Storm

Storm

Storm

The weather last weekend was a good dry run for the emergency services. With the mix of a low in the Gulf, the incredibly powerful hurricane crossing over from Mexico, and a strong frontal system converging all around the same time no one knew exactly how bad it would get. There are a lot of […]

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23 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Car In The Water

Car In The Water

Car In The Water

“Beach Patrol, car in the water 8 mile road bayside. Occupants possibly trapped inside”. A call we dread, particularly at night. Supervisor Mary Stewart was on call for Beach Patrol last Tuesday. Supervisor/Officer Austin Kirwin happened to be near the radio and asked if she wanted assistance, which she wisely accepted. Water call at night […]

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