GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston police confirm a father lost his life while trying to save his son from drowning near the San Luis bridge on Tuesday evening.

According to police, it was about 7:30 p.m. when a 5-year-old boy was in distress in the water, and the father tried to save him just north of the bridge.

Authorities say the two were kayaking with five other family members when their kayak overturned in the wetlands of West Bay. Only two of the four children kayaking had life vests, according to Galveston Beach Patrol.

Eventually the 5-year-old was pulled from the water, but the father, 36-year-old Rufino Suarez, was found dead about 45 minutes later. The child was initially not breathing and was taken to UTMB by helicopter for observation overnight.

Beach Patrol warns that everyone out boating should have a life jacket on, especially those who cannot swim.