Coast Guard searches for swimmer off Galveston Beach

GALVESTON, Texas – Coast Guard crews are searching for a man who went missing while swimming with two other people off the beach in Galveston this afternoon.

The initial report, taken by the Galveston Beach Patrol at approximately 3:15 p.m., was that a man, a female and a child had swum too far out and had to struggle to make it back to shore. The woman and the child were able to make it back to the beach safely but they lost sight of the man.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received the report at approximately 4 p.m. and dispatched an MH65-C rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and a 47-foot motor-life-boat crew from Station Galveston.

Search and rescue coordinators at Sector Houston-Galveston said they plan to keep the helicopter crew on scene until sunset. The life-boat crew is battling rough seas and will continue searching until the situation becomes hazardous to the crew. The search will resume at first-light tomorrow if the man is not located tonight.

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