Coast Guard: Body found matching description of missing swimmer

A body matching the description of a missing swimmer washed up in Galveston Thursday.

​GALVESTON, Texas - The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Thursday the Galveston Beach Patrol discovered a body matching the description of a missing swimmer.

The Coast Guard has been searching for a swimmer who went missing Wednesday evening off the coast of Galveston.

The swimmer is described as a 20-year-old African American man named Jacobi. He was last seen swimming around 7 p.m. wearing red shorts and no shirt.

Galveston Beach Patrol said their lifeguards were in the process of trying to move swimmers in who were out too far when they realized the man had gone under the water.

Lifeguards on jet skis as well as boat and helicopter crews responded in the search effort.

Authorities said Jacobi is from the Dallas area and was swimming with friends when he went under.

Around 8 p.m., the Galveston Beach Patrol responded to another drowning call at 52nd and the Seawall; but when they got to that scene everyone was on shore.

Beach Patrol wants to warn the public about strong rip currents they've seen in the last couple of days.

"As the currents are moving in and as the currents are changing, the sand is moving and you never know what is going on underneath, so we recommend people stay close to shore," said Lieutenant Kara Harrison of Beach Patrol. "If you do get caught in a rip current just relax, float with the current, eventually it will dissipate." 

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