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Police chief of Texas town drowns near Galveston

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jun 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 12:14:44-04

A two-day search stopped this morning after the body of the Kemah Police Chief was found in the Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard says.

Chris Reed, 50, was knocked off a boat by a wave Friday; he wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

The search, which included local, state and federal agencies, ended at about 8 a.m. Sunday when his body was found in the Houston Ship Channel.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Chief Reed, as well as the Kemah and law enforcement communities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon, Coast Guard SAR Mission Coordinator.

Reed, an Army veteran who served as Kemah police chief since 2016, launched the boat with his wife in the Clear Lake area, according to police radio traffic. She saw him fall overboard north of the levee, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

Kemah is a small town located on Trinity Bay, a few miles northwest of League City.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 650 square miles over the course of approximately 40 hours.

Involved in the search were:

Coast Guard Air Station Houston
Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi
Coast Guard Station Galveston
Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas City Fire Department Marine Unit
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit
Galveston Police Department Marine and Dive Unit
Galveston Island Beach Patrol
Nassau Bay Fire Department
Chambers County Marine Unit
Harris County Marine Unit
UTMB Marine Police
Texas EquuSearch
Pasadena Police Department
Pearland Police Department
Webster Fire Department
League City Fire Department
Seabrook Fire Department
Bay City Fire Department
Houston Police Department
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