By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
A young man sat on the sand with his knees drawn up and his head hanging low. If passersby took note, it was to take photos of him with their smart phones before continuing on their way.
The man was unable to get up and didn’t know where his companions were. Two members of the South Padre Island Beach Patrol soon arrived and began to examine the man, helping him to his feet. He appeared intoxicated and could only remain standing with their support.
Nearby, two police officers riding ATVs looked on, deciding whether or not to intervene. One of the men from the Beach Patrol advised that the situation was under control.
“You’re ok,” one of the lifeguards said reassuringly to the barely standing man. A moment later, he vomited.
Such a scene is not an uncommon one during Spring Break. Fast flowing alcohol, bright sunshine and heat, loud music and the general celebratory atmosphere can lead some people to enjoying themselves just a little too much.
The City of South Padre Island is well prepared, though, with a surge of police officers, lifeguards and EMTs patrolling the beaches and streets to deal with almost any eventuality. It’s all hands on deck during Texas Week.
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