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Rip Current  // Posts tagged as "Rip Current"

Water Safety

Water Safety

This week has been a great example of why Galveston in the fall is such a great combination. The water still hovers just over 70 degrees and the days have been beautiful. We still run patrol vehicles and are scheduled to do that until December 1st, at which time we’ll focus on rebuilding lifeguard towers, […]

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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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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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13 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Double High Tides

Double High Tides

Double High Tides

Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our fulltime guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on February 1st. We’ll also respond to 911 calls anytime day or night […]

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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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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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03 Oct Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Brian Kyle Letter

Brian Kyle Letter

Brian Kyle Letter

Brian Kyle, who is the Lead Meteorologist for our local weather office, wrote the following: Whistles were going nuts on the beach. Initially, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it was the Galveston Island Beach Patrol directing unknowing swimmers away from one of the many rock groins where deadly rip currents are frequently […]

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12 Jun Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Sandbars

Sandbars

Sandbars

I got an interesting call from a local woman who told me to write about what it means to “step off a sandbar” and why that can cause someone to drown. The woman, now in her 90’s, said when she was young she had to hand her 3 year old to someone else and trust […]

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