Late in the day on Sept. 29, two young women entered the water underneath the Pleasure Pier. It was a rough day with red flag warnings and rip current advisories, and the beach was crowded with thousands of swimmers in the water.

This late in the year we didn’t have enough guards to staff tower 25.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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Paula Flinn

Thank you for saving these women. My grandfather saved my mother, clinging to a barnacle pole and her sister, who was younger, going under the waves. This was around 1915. No one realizes the danger of holes and strong currents unless there are warning signs of No Swimming under the pier.

We appreciate all you do training lifeguards and the whole beach patrol network.

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