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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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01 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Michelle Gomez slid off of the rescue sled and into the water. She half swam, half waded to the door of the house. Calling out to let anyone who might be in there, she entered the dark cavern of the downstairs. She thought about how glad she was that she was wearing her full wetsuit […]

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24 Feb Uncategorized | Comments Off on Galveston Beaches and their History

Galveston Beaches and their History

Galveston Beaches and their History

  I mentioned in a previous column that when I started working for the Beach Patrol back in the early ’80s I was assigned to the area of 29th street for a couple of years as a tower lifeguard. At the time, it was unofficially an African American beach. Later, I realized that my time […]

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16 Dec Uncategorized | Comments Off on Beach Re-nourishment Project

Beach Re-nourishment Project

Beach Re-nourishment Project

We’re all about to get a big Christmas present.   The start of the the much talked about beach re-nourishment project has been moved to Christmas day. Four miles of beach, starting from 12th street to 61st, will be extended by 100 to 150 feet. For those of you who were around on the beaches […]

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02 Dec Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Winter Weather

It’s unbelievable that the water stayed in the 70s until December this year. There have been people swimming in the ocean all fall during times that normally only surfers equipped with proper wetsuits normally venture out. Our year round staff has been busy while patrolling keeping people away from rip currents near the groins and […]

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20 Nov Uncategorized | Comments Off on Beach Labyrinth

Beach Labyrinth

Beach Labyrinth

It’s always interesting how chance encounters can lead to great things. At the “2015 Safe Spring Break Event” at Texas A & M Galveston, Mary Beth Trevino met Mary Stewart of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. Mary Beth is the Coordinator for the Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and […]

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23 Sep Uncategorized | Comments Off on Anniversary of Hurricane Ike

Anniversary of Hurricane Ike

Anniversary of Hurricane Ike

The Anniversary of Hurricane Ike came and went without much fanfare. I still remember how the water felt as I slogged down 16th street heading into the biting wind. How the grit had gotten in my water shoes and how saturated my skin felt after several hours in and out of the grimy water. The […]

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19 Aug Uncategorized | Comments Off on Heat Wave

Heat Wave

Heat Wave

We are in some weird weather patterns fluctuating between storms and heat waves. Although in Galveston the actual temperature isn’t really that high, the real thing that worries us is the heat index, which is a combination of relative humidity and air temperature. When the relative humidity is over 60% it hampers with sweat evaporation […]

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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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25 Mar Uncategorized | Comments Off on Snakes and Social Media

Snakes and Social Media

Snakes and Social Media

I love spring on the beach. Fog, sun, hot, cold, empty beach, people. It’s a time of transition that doubles back on itself repeatedly. One day it’s cold and empty and foggy and the next it’s warm and there are a couple hundred thousand people swimming around. One thing that always entertains when the world […]

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