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Winter offers some special water risks - The Galveston County Daily News: Columns

December 8, 2016

Winter offers some special water risks

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:00 pm

It’s unbelievable that the water stayed in the 70s until December this year. There have been people swimming in the ocean all fall during times that normally only surfers equipped with proper wet suits normally venture out.

Our year-round staff has been busy while patrolling keeping people away from rip currents near the groins and responding to a myriad beach emergencies. Hopefully the water will stay cold enough to keep the casual beach visitors out for a couple of months so our crew can rebuild lifeguard towers and take care of all the projects we postponed until the two months we don’t usually patrol. Of course we’re still available for emergencies and provide rescue response 24/7.

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