Two people drowned Saturday after a kayak overturned in the water off a West End beach, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol said.

The body of one of the men was recovered Saturday far from the beach where he was reported missing. The second man's body was found about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the water off the Galveston seawall near 10th Street.

The men were about 30 yards offshore of Pirates Beach, near 11 Mile Road, about 6 p.m. Saturday when they disappeared in the water, Beach Patrol Chief Davis said. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket.

Raul Olvera, 25, was underwater for about 10 minutes before a bystander pulled him ashore, Davis said.

First responders administered CPR and took Olvera to the University of Texas Medical Branch emergency room, where he was pronounced dead, Davis said.

Alan Perez Perreira, 20, was still missing Sunday morning despite an overnight search with helicopters and boats, Davis said. The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies assisted in the search, Davis said.

Beach Patrol lifeguards continued the search along the shoreline Sunday, Davis said. A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Perreira's body and Beach Patrol lifeguards brought him ashore, Davis said.

Both men are from Houston. They had been staying at a relative's house in Galveston for the past month. The family was receiving counseling from the Jesse Tree and the Beach Patrol's survivor support network, Davis said.

West End beaches are unguarded. Waves in the Gulf of Mexico were choppy Saturday afternoon, Davis said.

The drownings are the fourth and fifth in Galveston this year.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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