Possible Drowning at San Luis Pass
Written by Greg on June 23, 2013
For the second time in just a couple of months a swimmer is missing at the San Luis Pass outside of Galveston, Texas. Apparently the missing person was a 21-year-old man from Dallas, Texas who was caught in a rip tide and taken away.
A report of the incident indicates that the man was swimming near a sandbar and stepped in a hole and was taken away by the current. Hopefully, the swimmer will be found safe and sound. The helicopter was dispatched and also a boat searching for the swimmer.
Last month a father and son drown in the same area when pulled under by a riptide. Additionally, an 18-year-old boy was knocked under by a large wave in the area and never came up.
Each year several people perish or almost perish in the waters around the pass. The currents can be extremely strong and even unexpected in their velocity. Despite warning signs, many people still swimming area and the outcome are not always good.
Getting caught in a rip tide can be a frightening experience in most inexperienced swimmers attempt to swim against the current toward safety only to discover that they cannot outshine the current. The proper method for getting out of a riptide is to swim parallel to the riptide and then into safety. Swimming against the current is in some cases impossible and tends to wear the swimmer out particularly when panic sets in.
Some safety tips include swimming with friends and never alone, avoid all areas with warning signs and consider swimming in areas with lifeguards available. Never drink and swim in the ocean.
Let us hope and pray that the latest victim is found safe and returns to his family.