Drowning at San Luis Pass

Jamaica Beach police department and Galveston Island Beach Patrol maneuver vehicles after a man drowned at the San Luis Pass on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

A 57-year-old Kingwood man died Thursday at the San Luis Pass, probably of drowning, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol said.

It would be the third drowning this year at one of the most perilous spots on Galveston Island.

Emergency responders were called just before 2 p.m. to the west end of Galveston Island on a report of a body floating in the water about 10 feet from the shore, officials said.

The man was found unresponsive in knee-deep water south of the San Luis Pass, officials said. Rescuers found fishing gear in the water and on the shore near the man’s body, the beach patrol said.

Officials suspect the man drowned after getting caught in the strong currents at the pass.

The man’s name was not immediately released.

It is the third reported drowning at the pass this year.

On May 26, Jose Abel Hernandez, 29, of El Salvador, drowned after swimming out into the water at 2:30 a.m. while visiting the pass with a group of friends.

Charles Ferguson, 49, of Houston, was went missing near the pass Jan. 2 during a kayaking trip. His body was recovered about 10 days later.

The pass connects the Gulf of Mexico to West Galveston Bay and separates Galveston and Brazoria counties.

Strong currents at the pass create steep drop offs in the seabed, making it dangerous for wade fishermen and swimmers. Signs in English and Spanish discourage people from entering the water there.

Lifeguards are not stationed at the San Luis Pass as frequently as they are along other Galveston beaches.

The beach patrol monitors the entire West End during the summer, and stations lifeguards at the pass on summer weekends to discourage people from swimming there.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Jerry Riggan

So sad , when will people learn ,

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