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Galveston red flag warning: strong rip currents

The Galveston Island Beach Patrol warned Sunday of rough surf and unusually strong currents.

A red flag warning was in place for strong rip currents at Galveston beaches, according to the organization’s website

Adults who knew how to swim were recommended to stay in water no more than waist deep. Children and those who could not swim were suggested to stay along the surf line.

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The Beach Patrol serves as the city’s lifeguard service. A red flag warning was also in place Saturday and was possible to continue on Monday.

“We do worry about it when it’s a holiday, because there’s so many more people in the rough surf,” said Peter Davis, chief of the beach patrol.

Meteorologists predicted such conditions heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when Galveston is a population destination.

“Rip currents can be deadly,” the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston branch tweeted on Sunday.

The U.S. Coast Guard meanwhile reported the death of a man who went swimming in the San Luis Pass, which is known to be dangerous and where swimming is prohibited. His body was found about 8 a.m

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