GALVESTON, Texas – The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday night for a 48-year-old-man and his 10-year-old son who were swept away Sunday near San Luis Pass.
Family members 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 were pulled away by the current when they stepped off the sand bar. The first child’s father helped his son back to the sandbar. But when Raul Stothart tried to get his son Chandler they were both taken under by the current.
The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter and a boat to conduct the search.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said Lt. Spencer Roach, command duty officer for Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston. “We have exhausted every effort conducting a robust search in attempts to locate Mr. Stothart, and we appreciate the assistance of all of the agencies and personnel who have volunteered their time and resources to assist with the search-and-rescue efforts.”
Officials said that two tides stacked together made for really strong currents, so beach-goers were warned to be careful.
Galveston Lifeguard Chief Peter Davis said signs were posted in both English and Spanish in the area, but many people don’t see them, or simply ignore them.
“Anywhere where this a cut, or a river mouth, you want to avoid that, even if it’s down the coast,” he said.
Volunteers with Texas Equusearch also assisted in the search. The volunteers were already searching for 19-year-old Christopher Jackson who disappeared Friday night.
Six drownings have been reported this holiday weekend.
A Red-Flag warning went up for Galveston as conditions along the coast progressively became more dangerous.