Father, son disappear during swim near Galveston

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by KHOU.com staff

kvue.com

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

GALVESTON, Texas – Authorities continued their search early Monday for a 48-year-old-man and his 10-year-old son who were reported missing near San Luis Pass.

Family of the pair called the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office around 9 a.m. Sunday after they had lost sight of them in the surf. Search crews looked until night fall and then continued their efforts when the sun came up Monday.

According to the Galveston County Beach Patrol, the family said that two children were swimming together and stepped off the sand bar and were pulled away by the current. The first child’s father helped his son back to the sandbar, but when the father of the second child tried to get his son, they were taken under by the current.

The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter and a boat to conduct the search Sunday afternoon.

“We have jet skis, a Coast Guard small boat and helicopter and good Samaritans searching along the shore and all over the San Luis Pass area,” said Zack Edwards, a watchstander with Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston.

Volunteers with Texas Equusearch also assisted in Sunday's search. The volunteers were already searching for an 18-year-old man who disappeared Friday night.

Officials said that two tides stacked together have made for really strong currents, so beach-goers were warned to be careful.

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