The search for Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed, who also is a Clear Creek Independent School District trustee, continued Saturday in the waters off the Texas City Dike after he fell off a boat Friday afternoon into the water north of the dike.
As of 9 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard had searched about 650 square nautical miles for Reed.
The Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark’s crew continueed its search into Saturday night in the Galveston Bay, along with multiple vessels from assisting agencies.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, Air Station Corpus Christi C-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and Station Galveston boat crew resumed their search at first light Sunday.
United States Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call around 4 p.m. Friday from the Texas City Police Department after it was reported that a male entered the water when the vessel he was on was hit by the wake from a passing vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast, according to a statement.
Texas City and Galveston police departments and the U.S. Coast Guard began the search and now about 15 agency vessels as well as 25 volunteer vessels are on the scene continuing the search.
While the search continues, the Kemah Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and Clear Creek Independent School District hosted a support gathering for Reed Saturday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 2305 E. Main St in League City.
“We remain hopeful,” district spokesperson Elaina Polsen said. “Chris is an extremely strong person and our thoughts and prayers are with Jana and her family.”
Jana Reed, a teacher for Clear Creek ISD, was on the boat with her husband when Reed went overboard.
“Their family is deeply engrained in our community,” Polsen said. “We are just shocked and heartbroken over this.”
Agencies will continue searching the waters until further notice.