TREASURE ISLAND, Texas — Two men have drowned in the swift current of San Luis Pass at the western end of Galveston Island.

A Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office statement said 67-year-old Larry Lumpkin of Willis, Texas, drowned Monday in the rip currents of the pass. His 46-year-old son-in-law, Dennis Roberson of Montgomery, Texas, drowned while attempting a rescue.

Both were swept up to a half-mile down the coast before they could be pulled from the water. Armando Espinoza, a 54-year-old Houston man, pulled Lumpkin from the water but ingested a large amount of water in the process. He was airlifted to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was listed in stable condition.


This story corrects when the drownings occurred from Tuesday to Monday.

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