For the second time this year, rescue crews are searching for a man with connections to the Kemah Police Department in the waters of Galveston Bay, officials said.

Todd Riddle, 57, disappeared early Wednesday on his way back to shore after rescuing a kayaker who fell out of his boat, Chief Walter Gant said late Wednesday.

The kayaker fell out of his boat about 100 yards offshore, said representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, who hailed Riddle’s bravery.

Riddle is related to a member of the Kemah Police Department, Gant confirmed.

Searchers from more than 10 different agencies will continue the search overnight Wednesday into Thursday, officials with the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed late Wednesday.

Officers received a call about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that an employee of the Kemah Boardwalk, Riddle, went missing after he jumped into the water to help a kayaker, said Debi Hart, spokeswoman for the city of Kemah.

Riddle was one of several employees that went to help the kayaker, but searchers as of deadline Wednesday weren’t sure exactly how many went to help, Gant said.

Witnesses on the shore saw Riddle go missing and called police as another person helped the kayaker to shore, officials said.

“People need to be sure to have the proper supplies before going into the water and be aware of their surroundings,” Gant said. “This is just really unfortunate.”

Gant arrived in Kemah after former Chief Chris Reed died after falling off a boat north of the Texas City Dike on June 7. Coast Guard, law enforcement crews and volunteers searched for 40 hours before recovering his body in the early morning of June 9.

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