Low To Moderate Levels Of Red Tide On SPI

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 12:16pm

The Cameron County Emergency Coordinator says that red tide is back in the water on South Padre Island. Red tide is caused when colonies of algae in ocean plants grow out of control.
This is Dennis Hildebrand and his wife who are from Winnipeg. they are down here on vacation for a few days. they say they are feeling some of the symptoms as they walk on the beach Saturday.

"It's just really an irritation scratchy feeling in my throat, keep coughing for a bit then feel better for awhile."

The Cameron County Emergency Coordinator says ride tide levels for the Saturday are low to moderate and do not pose any serious health threat.
Hildebrand who is staying away from the cold weather in Canada says he really does not mind the red tide.

"People told us it's nothing to worry about and it's worth is to cough a little bit to be here."

The Cameron County Emergency Coordinator says that red tide has been on the Island for around 3 months on and off. He adds the red tide moves around in the water based on the winds.
The Emergency Coordinator also expects levels of red tide to be low to moderate Sunday.

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