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Lifesaving  // Posts tagged as "Lifesaving"

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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03 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Every year when the season slows down we review our season to see how we did. I enjoy the process because it helps show how the Beach Patrol is an entire safety and educational network, as opposed to merely the lifeguard service for the city of Galveston.  The process also helps target areas we can […]

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22 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Night Rescue

Night Rescue

Night Rescue

Supervisors Dain Buck and Thomas “TK” Mills made their way carefully through the dark night to the other side of the Ship Channel to the North Jetty. They squinted through the spray kicked up by big, rolling swells as the powerful watercraft motor churned them along. The water was still rough but was a bit […]

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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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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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25 Aug Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Big Rescue

Big Rescue

Big Rescue

Time slowed as I jumped off the wall and ran to the water. I noticed two groups of people in the water and a woman running out. A group of four was ¾ of the way out to the end of the 33rd street groin and right in the middle of the “no swimming” area. […]

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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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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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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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