Officials urging safety after woman drowns at South Padre Island

3 months 2 days 5 hours ago Monday, July 04 2022 Jul 4, 2022 July 04, 2022 8:38 PM July 04, 2022 in News - Local

A woman drowned at South Padre Island Saturday afternoon, according to the Cameron County Beach Patrol. 

Authorities say the woman, identified as 37-year-old Neeshay Joy Jones, drowned about 2.5 miles north of Cameron County beach access No. 5.

The Cameron County Beach Patrol chief said Jones and a child were in the water.

Bystanders were able to rescue the child but Jones had to be airlifted to Valley Baptist in Harlingen, where she was pronounced dead. 

So far this year, the county has had two drownings, according to the Cameron County Beach Patrol. On average, they see about four drownings a year and most happen at the north side of the island.

The incident happened outside city jurisdiction in the county.

South Padre Island Fire Department ocean rescue Lt. Pedro Casillas shared the following tips to stay safe in the water if you come to the beach:

  • • Make sure you and those around you know how to swim before you get in the water.
  • • If you are staying within city limits, keep close to lifeguard towers.
  • • If you have kids, keep an eye on them
  • • If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask a lifeguard, especially because prevention for them is key. They want to be at an event before anything happens.

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