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Brazoria County Commissioners Ban Entering Waters Off San Luis Pass

The day after two Montgomery County men drowned and a third was hospitalized, there is now a ban on entering the waters of San Luis Pass at the western end of Galveston Island.

According to a news release from the Brazoria County sheriff’s office, “It is the goal of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office to reduce the number of fatal accidents and drownings at San Luis Pass through strict enforcement. Due to the extreme dangers of this area The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office will strictly enforce this order.”

Details on the latest drowning victims from The Associated Press:

TREASURE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Two men have drowned in the swift current of San Luis Pass at the western end of Galveston Island.

A Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office statement said 67-year-old Larry Lumpkin of Willis, Texas, drowned Tuesday in the rip currents of the pass. His 46-year-old son-in-law, Dennis Roberson of Montgomery, Texas, drowned while attempting a rescue.

Both were swept up to a half-mile down the coast before they could be pulled from the water. Armando Espinoza, a 54-year-old Houston man, pulled Lumpkin from the water but ingested a large amount of water in the process. He was airlifted to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was listed in stable condition.

News release from the Brazoria County sheriff’s office:

On 08-08-2017 Brazoria County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to adopt county ordnance to prohibit entering the waters of San Luis Pass for any activity.

These activities are to include bathing, wade fishing, and/or swimming; deeming the violation or failure to comply with this order to be a Class C Parks and Wildlife misdemeanor.

Pursuant to 12.406 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, an individual found guilty of a Class “C” Parks and Wildlife misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00.

The Order is to be published in the official newspaper of Brazoria County (The Brazosport Facts) and shall become effective ten (10) days from and after its publication. The date slated for the order to be officially enforced is August 20, 2017.

It is the goal of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office to reduce the number of fatal accidents and drownings at San Luis Pass through strict enforcement. Due to the extreme dangers of this area The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office will strictly enforce this order. San Luis Pass is notorious for the dangerous under currents that have claimed the life of many who have ignored the caution signs posted in the area. Once the Order is officially in effect and the signs have been erected in the affected areas of San Luis Pass, The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office will begin issuing citations to those found to be violating the order.

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Posted by on Aug 9 2017. Filed under News.

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