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19-year-old woman bit by shark in Galveston, TX on May 28, 2024

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www.khou.com – – 2024-06-07 15:56:00

SUMMARY: Damiana Humphrey, 19, was bitten by a shark while in waist-deep water at Jamaica Beach in . The shark latched onto her hand, and she punched it until it let go. Humphrey, from Durant, Oklahoma, is expected to recover fully after surgery to repair four ruptured tendons. Reflecting on the incident, she recalls her sister-in-law spotting something in the water just before the attack. Thanks to prompt assistance from a paramedic on the beach, her injury was stabilized quickly. Humphrey now understands sharks are most active during low-light hours. Despite the rare occurrence, the experience hasn't deterred her nursing aspirations.

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Teen drowns in Galveston, Texas

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www.khou.com – – 2024-06-21 22:08:00

SUMMARY: A 17-year-old boy drowned in near Pleasure Pier on Friday. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. when the teen was unable to return to shore. Friends alerted a lifeguard, prompting rescue teams to search the water. They found the teen 30 minutes later and attempted CPR as they pulled him to shore. Despite immediate medical attention and transportation to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead an hour later. Rough waters and red flag warnings were in effect at the time. This marks the fifth drowning since Memorial Day weekend, according to Galveston Island Beach Patrol.

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17-year-old Louisiana man died after going missing while swimming at Galveston beach, patrol says

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abc13.com – – 2024-06-21 21:23:26

SUMMARY: A 17-year-old from Louisiana drowned in , Texas on Friday, per the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. Authorities responded at 2:53 p.m. to a report of a swimmer in distress near Tower 25. Upon arrival, a search was initiated involving multiple agencies and a jet ski. The teenager was retrieved from the water at 3:38 p.m. and was treated with CPR by Galveston police and fire departments before being pronounced dead at UTMB. His identity remains undisclosed. This incident marks the fifth drowning on Galveston Island this year, with an average of seven to eight drownings per season.

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With storms once again flooding Galveston, could the ‘Ike Dike’ provide a solution?

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www.click2houston.com – – 2024-06-19 18:49:35

SUMMARY: , Texas, experienced significant flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto, though Houston remained mostly unaffected. The city, accustomed to such events, faced severe damage in 2008 from Hurricane Ike. In response, Dr. William Merrell proposed the “Ike Dike,” a coastal barrier concept inspired by Dutch floodgate systems, to protect Galveston from future storms. Despite initial slow progress due to funding challenges, the project was approved by the US House and Senate in 2022 with an estimated cost of $57 billion. Recently, the US Army Corps of Engineers secured the first $500,000 for the project. However, full funding remains a long-term challenge, possibly taking decades to complete.

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