|(HOUSTON, TX) – Sheriff Adrian Garcia and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Reserve Marine Division will kick-off the Labor Day weekend by reminding citizens about water safety in hopes of preventing any more drownings, especially in the San Jacinto River. |
During summer and holiday weekends, this area attracts thousands of visitors at a time.
Since the beginning of the year, the HCSO Reserve Marine Division alone has responded to 7 drownings in and around the area of the San Jacinto River known as Banana Bend in east Harris County – that’s two more drownings there than all of last year. The most recent took place Aug. 17 when a 10 year-old boy drowned during a family outing.
Extreme heat, fatigue and little or no swimming skills have been factors in these drownings.
HCSO Reserve deputies have the same legal authority and responsibilities as regular sheriff's deputies, except they volunteer their services and are not paid.
Boat rides for members of the news media will be available immediately following the news conference. Please confirm your attendance to Christina Garza, Media Relations Manager, at Christina.Garza@sheriff.hctx.net.
WHO: Sheriff Adrian Garcia and HCSO Reserve Marine Division
WHAT: San Jacinto River Drownings and Water Safety
WHEN: Friday, September 3, 2010 10 a.m.
WHERE: 19000 Gulf Pump Rd.
(Key Map 419 S)
Follow signs to Love’s Marina