"Sheriff: Holiday weekend 'terrible'" by: Mike Reddell

 “Memorial Day weekend was terrible,” Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne told commissioners court Tuesday.
   The three-day holiday was marred by the drowning of a Van Vleck man who tried to save children caught in a rip tide and a murder in Bay City Sunday.
   There were four near-drownings on Matagorda Beach on Saturday, followed by the same number Monday.
   Alarmed by near-drownings a week before on the beach, Osborne told how his deputies, LCRA police and state game wardens all were on patrol on the beach. 
   In many cases, the sheriff said officers urged swimmers to leave the treacherous waters where the rip tides were.
   “They just waved at us and wouldn’t get out of the water,” the sheriff said.
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   Before I wrote this column early Tuesday morning, I spent an hour online going through the barrage of weather reports to make sense of what has happened.
 
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