SAN LUIS PASS, Texas (FOX 26) - Down in Brazoria County, Treasure Island, the area just south of the San Luis Pass, is a go to vacation spot. With a beautiful nearly untouched beach it's easy to see the attraction, but the area is considered to be one of the most dangerous in southeast Texas.
"Within less than a quarter to a half mile radius we have lost 5 or 6 people already this summer", says Lt. Varon Snelgrove.
Just after noon on Monday, the Brazoria County Sheriffs Office got a call of a drowning. Officials say Larry Lumpkin, 67, of Willis was out with his family and decided to go swimming. He began to struggle and that's when his son-in-law Dennis Roberson, 46, attempted to rescue him. Roberson was swept away by the currents and was pulled out by his son between a half to a quarter mile down the water. He was air lifted to UTMB Galveston where he was pronounced dead.
Armando Espinoza, 54, of Houston heard screaming and jumped in the water to try to save Lumpkin.
"The 67-year-old man was pulled out by a 54-year-old Houston man that heard the screams for help, a good Samaritan, actually jumped in the water and pulled him out, unfortunately he was unable to be saved", says Lt. Snelgrove.
Karrie McDonald and her family were also out vacationing in the area when they heard what happened. They say they are now nervous to get in the water because of the strong rip current.
"They are rough, very rough and we didn't want the kids to go in, we put our feet in but that's about it", says McDonald.
"Pretty strong, the current looks pretty powerful, I don't really want to go in", says Owen Allwood, McDonald's nephew.
Espinoza was taken away by life flight and was last listed to be conscious and alert. He suffers bruising and cuts from the rocks.
A red flag warning is in affect in this area.