The Galveston Police Department’s Marine Division on Wednesday reenacted the Oct. 14 island drowning of two boys to be better prepared for similar situations.

The marine division, the fire department and Galveston Island Beach Patrol form a response team when there’s a crisis such as a drowning, officials said.

“When these crises happen, we want to see what we could have done differently,” Sgt. John W. Courtney said. “We can do better by being better prepared.”

The scenario Wednesday attempted to re-create events of Oct. 14 when a rip current swept Nicholas Garner, 16, out to sea near 17th Street while he tried to save 11- and 13-year-old boys from drowning.

The 13-year-old survived, but Noah Authement, 11, drowned. A search team found Authement’s body 2 miles offshore the afternoon of Oct. 16.

Garner’s body has not been found.

Authement and Garner were part of a group visiting the beach from The Children’s Center, a local nonprofit organization housing at-risk youth.

State authorities regulating foster care facilities are investigating the drownings.

Kelsey Walling: 817-690-3093; 409-683-5235;



Kelsey joined The Daily News in 2017.

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Christopher Fleury

I applaud this see how "they" can handle the situation better. This unfortunately wasn't the caae with this kids group. They didnt and wont have the same resources needed in a timely matter despite the best training of first transponders. I dont mean to sound negative as with anything training is priceless.

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