"Another drowning launches beach safety discussion" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court proclaimed June as Myasthenia Gravis Month in the court’s meeting Monday. Two people who suffer from the condition, Sandra Klenke and Simon DeSoto, hold the proclamation. Behind them, from left, are: commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, Judge Nate McDonald and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

  There was another rip tide-related drowning on Matagorda Beach last weekend, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said at commissioners court regular meeting Monday, June 10.
   A Chicago Man was found about a quarter-mile from the no-swim zone near the jetties, Osborne said.
   “He stepped in a hole and the undertow got him,” the sheriff added.
   A deputy jumped in the water to try and save the man, the sheriff said, but the drowning victim began fighting the deputy who had to get out of the water. (Please see related story for more information.)
   “I’m wondering if we build a big sign at the entrance (of Jetty Park),” the sheriff said, that tells people that two people have drowned from the rip tip on the beach.
   A 16-year-old boy drowned because of the riptide on the beach May 26, on Memorial Day weekend, and now the fisherman’s death last weekend.
   There also was a weekend drowning in Palacios, Osborne noted later in the meeting.

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