Gulf Watch: Beach patrol keeps close eye out with red flag warning

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 6 at 10:00 PM

GALVESTON, Texas -- The Galveston County Beach Patrol is keeping an eye on the Gulf this weekend after a red flag warning was issued Saturday.

That is the highest warning there is before they prevent people from going into the water.

And of course KHOU 11 viewers are also keeping an eye on the conditions. Earlier Saturday afternoon, viewers sent in a number of images of the half dozen or so waterspouts, which were spotted off the coast of Boliver Peninsula.

No injuries were reported, but they are proof that even on a day like today, the weather can still cause problems.

“So we’ve got really, really strong riffs right now by the rock jetties. We’ve moved over 500 people away from those rock jetties out of rip current areas just today,” said Chief Peter Davis with Galveston County Beach Patrol. “So we’ve been moving a lot of people out of dangerous areas. We’ve only had one major rescue today.”

That rescue happened at Stewart Beach when a woman from Dallas was swimming farther out than she should have been. A large wave came and she swallowed too much water.

A lifeguard was able to get to the shore and she is expected to be OK.

Life guards estimate more than 300,000 people will hit the beaches this weekend for the holiday.

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