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Galveston Marine Response  // Posts tagged as "Galveston Marine Response"

Cold Foggy Days

Cold Foggy Days

The water temperature on the beachfront dropped 12 degrees in 3 days last week. This is a pretty dramatic shift as only a degree or two makes a significant difference when you’re swimming. Because the water is so shallow here on the upper Texas coast the water temperature is constantly changing during the fall and […]

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01 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Tarzan of the Amazon

Tarzan of the Amazon

Tarzan of the Amazon

In 1976, at the age of 28, Kapax swam the length of the Magdalena River, a distance of over 1,000 miles. It took him about 5 weeks to do this. The Magdalena is a tributary of the Amazon River and Kapax, whose real name is Alberto Lesmes Rojas, was ahead of his time. We are […]

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25 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on 10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

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 fear in my stomach as a transformer blew close by. Wondering […]

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10 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Offshore Winds

Offshore Winds

Offshore Winds

If there’s one thing lifeguards hate on an offshore wind day is an emergency where a person is being blown out. When the wind blows offshore it creates a unique set of circumstances that can potentially be lethal. This is mostly a danger during the spring and fall when repeated frontal systems pass across the […]

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27 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on 2017 Rescue Wrap Up

2017 Rescue Wrap Up

2017 Rescue Wrap Up

There are still plenty of swimmers and an occasional person blown offshore when these fronts come through. In fact, last Tuesday, Brandon Venegas and Micah Fowler made a rescue of a kite boarder that had some equipment problems and couldn’t make it back in. The end of the season gives us a chance to assess […]

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27 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Drones are a hot topic right now in a lot of areas, but the international lifesaving community is becoming more and more interested in them as we look to see the newest developments. It is however hard to separate fact from fiction in a world where a YouTube video can go viral and become “fact” […]

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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 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Lifeguard tryouts are this Saturday! I’m relieved we’re finally to this point. Spring is always tough for us to staff the beaches since so many of our seasonal employees are either college or high school students. Fortunately, we’ve had a number of our high school guards who have been willing to come out and work […]

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21 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Easter Tragedy

Easter Tragedy

Easter Tragedy

Easter was a beautiful day on the beach. It was sunny and warm with a light breeze with moderate surf. All the beaches were packed and the guards were busy moving them away from the rock groins and other dangerous areas. A 31 year old man and his 12 year old son walked down to […]

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