Overcrowding gets worse at Galveston beaches as 5 people rescued

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As people flocked to Galveston beaches this weekend, officials say they have had to rescue at least five people.

"There's quite a few people in and out of the waters, which are busy, rough and cool today," Peter Davis with Galveston's beach patrol said.

Davis added that more people are expected on Mother's Day since it'll much warmer and sunnier.

WATCH: President of the Galveston Beach Patrol spoke with ABC13 about the growing crowds this weekend
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Watch the video above, to see what safety measures the Galveston Beach patrol has put in place during the pandemic.

Eight of the most popular vehicle entry points are closed through Mother's Day because of COVID-19.

WATCH: Galveston's Seawall seeing loads of people Saturday evening

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WATCH: Crowds flocked to beaches in Galveston today, taking advantage of the state's reopening

The city was concerned about the lack of social distancing they've seen at beaches since they reopened.

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The sands of Galveston Island filled up with families on Friday as people made an escape from quarantines and stay home orders.

Last weekend, the beaches were crowded with islanders excited to get back in the sand after weeks of closures.

Galveston has the permission of the General Land Office to close vehicle entry points.

They say the efforts to control crowds will also free up first responders for emergencies.

The beaches will reopen to vehicles Sunday at 9 p.m.

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