On the morning of Aug. 30, my brother and I were fishing down by the Pleasure Pier. We both got caught up in a rip tide.

My brother started yelling for help. There were two surfers who came to our aid and safely brought both of us to shore. However, we never got their names. My brother and I want to send our deepest thank yous for these two unsung heroes.

Darryl Shaw

Galveston

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Bailey Jones

Tips from the Galveston Island Beach Patrol:

Never swim alone.

Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!

Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.

Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.

Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.

If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.

If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.

If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 . Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.

Andres Diamond-Ortiz

This is why I love Galveston. There's a ton of unsung heroes here. Very glad you all are safe.

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