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New life-saving efforts seen at Padre Balli Park

Posted at 8:09 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 11:10:18-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you decide to visit Padre Balli Park during the summer of 2020, you can expect to see additional life-saving efforts.

Nueces County has teamed up with the City of Corpus Christi to provide four lifeguards at the beach.

Lifeguards can be found on the stretch of Access Road 5 and 6. Director of Nueces County Parks Scott Cross says this comes as the city and county have partnered to teach visitors about the dangers of rip currents and much more.

“You know, not everybody is paying attention to the signs out there," Cross said. "It just doesn't happen, it takes that human interaction.”

Beach visitors say having these lifeguards at the beach is a bonus.

“I think having lifeguards out here is a big plus just knowing there’s somebody out here watching,” beach visitor Darrell Horton said.

The extra lifeguards makes Horton and others more at ease knowing another person will be watching his loved ones.

“I like the idea of it," Horton said. "I like having lifeguards here and everything just so that people are safer, just be able to watch out for them."

Workers with the county say these efforts should be taken seriously.

“We’re doing something to save lives and make people safe make then feel safe and protect them so whatever that cost is - is whatever it is,” says Cross.

Lifeguards will be on duty on the beach until Sept. 7.