"Drownings, vicious riptide a focus at county meeting" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County officials focused on the continuing problems of people swimming in unsafe, riptide areas of Matagorda Beach at Commissioners Court regular meeting Monday, June 7.
   Sunday evening’s drowning of a 30-year-old Angleton and the related incident where a 10-year-old boy also was swept into the surf were tied to remarks from Sheriff Skipper Osborne and commissioners during the court meeting.
   Osborne gave an overview of Sunday’s drowning that was near the jetty at Matagorda Beach – the boy was found late Monday night.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard focused on the impact a swollen Colorado River has at its mouth near the jetty pier.
   Noting all of the recent rainfall, Pollard said upstream flooding makes the rip tides worse at Matagorda Beach – especially at the jetty.
   “I had two deputies on the beaches all weekend. My deputies aren’t going in the water to save someone,” the sheriff said.
   “People will have to take care of their children,” he added.

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