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Drowning Prevention  // Posts tagged as "Drowning Prevention"

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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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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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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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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26 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Drownings

Drownings

Drownings

Here in a beach town we’ve always been acutely aware of the dangers of drowning and the potential effect on the local economy, but few of us stop to think about the global implications. According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. There are an […]

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22 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Learnings in Veracruz

Learnings in Veracruz

Learnings in Veracruz

Greetings from Veracruz, Mexico! Our sister city is booming and everyone from the Mayor to the taxi driver says to tell everyone in Galveston hello. When we started the relationship between the lifeguard programs and held the first Veracruz/Boca Del Rio academy in 1999, we never dreamed that the relationship would be as successful as […]

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