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City of Galveston  // Posts tagged as "City of Galveston"

03 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Scanning the searchers briefly, I then turned to see with relief that a tent had been erected and the family was seated comfortably drinking water and talking to a Jesse Tree councilor who had just arrived… Thinking back over the past decade I have lost count of the times we’ve worked a drowning on one […]

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27 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Kayak Rescue

Kayak Rescue

Kayak Rescue

The wind was blasting from the west. The sand pelted the lone figure as he dragged his kayak to the water’s edge at Sunny Beach. Wearing waders and a lifejacket, he paddled his kayak from shore into the frothy water. It was about one o’clock in the afternoon last Sunday as the man’s wife watched […]

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20 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Mark Porretto. He told me there were two kids close to the rip current on the west side of the Pleasure Pier. He added that they weren’t in immediate danger, but that we should check on them. I immediately radioed our “on call” unit and […]

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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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03 Jun Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Night Swim 2016

Night Swim 2016

Night Swim 2016

Most schools are still in session for one more week, so next weekend really marks the beginning of the full summer season. And it will start with a bang, since the 30th annual American Institute of Architects Sandcastle Competition will be held Saturday. This year we expect over 60 teams to compete for the coveted […]

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21 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Fin Cut and Night Swim

Fin Cut and Night Swim

Fin Cut and Night Swim

Last Tuesday evening a call came out that there was a shark bite at 42nd and sand with heavy bleeding, and unconscious person, and CPR in progress. Beach Patrol, EMS, Fire Department, and the Police Department were all dispatched to the scene. When everyone got there they expected something pretty dramatic. The first call on […]

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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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11 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Storm Scare

Storm Scare

Storm Scare

A pop up storm can cause us to walk a tightrope and really highlights the interdependence of the groups that care for and protect our beaches.   History shows us that a tide of more than 3.5 feet above average puts our lifeguard towers at risk, which potentially could cost several hundred thousand dollars. It’s […]

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18 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Thank You SSN Groups

Thank You SSN Groups

Thank You SSN Groups

Sometimes it seems like we all scurry about for most of our lives. The politics, games, gluttony, maneuvering, manipulation and acquisition of things is a fantastic distraction. If not careful we can get so caught up that it completely disconnects us from what really matters. There are times in all of our lives when critical […]

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30 May | Comments

AIA Sandcastle Competition

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Annual AIA Sandcastle competition at East Beach. Come out and see professional architects design and build some incredible sandcastles. Visit the organizer’s homepage for more information.

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