CRYSTAL BEACH

First responders have found the body of a child nearby the spot in Crystal Beach where a 10-year-old went missing in the water, county Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. 

The 10-year-old went missing a little before noon while swimming with his father in the waters off Crystal Beach near Trinidad Drive, Trochesset said. 

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Coast Guard were initially searching for both the boy and the father, but the father made it back to shore safely, Trochesset said. 

The father told first responders that he and his son were in water that went up to their waist when a wave crashed over them and broke them apart, Trochesset said. The current must have pulled them in opposite directions, Trochesset said. 

First responders found a child's body about 3:30 p.m. about a quarter of a mile from where the 10-year-old went missing, but as of 3:45 p.m. officials hadn't identified the body, Trochesset said. 

Sheriff deputies reported busy beaches on Bolivar akin to those of a holiday weekend Saturday, Trochesset said. 

Unlike Galveston beaches, Bolivar beaches do not typically have lifeguards. 

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri. 

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