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Seasonal Employee Dies In ATV Accident

Padre Island National Seashore

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Late on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 3rd, seasonal biological technician Marina Giggleman died in an ATV accident while patrolling for nesting sea turtles near the 21 mile marker on South Beach. The initial report, made by another patroller, was that Giggleman was trapped beneath her overturned ATV.  Ranger/EMT’s immediately responded and a HALO-Flight medevac helicopter was dispatched to the scene.  Additional assistance was provided by resource management and facility management staff. Resuscitation efforts made by both park EMT’s and HALO-Flight personnel were unsuccessful. An investigation is underway.  This was Giggleman’s second season with the Kemp’s Ridley recovery program which is an international recovery effort for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.



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