JAMAICA BEACH

A man who drowned in the Gulf of Mexico near Jamaica Beach on Sunday was identified Monday.

Larry Jackson, 68, of Grand Prairie, drowned about 11:30 a.m. after he went underwater while swimming near a sandbar, according to the Jamaica Beach Fire Department.

Searchers found Jackson's body about 2:30 p.m. Sunday near Galveston Island State Park. 

Jackson was swimming with his adult son when he disappeared, officials said.

He might have been caught in a rip current caused by changes Tropical Storm Beta made to the seabed, officials said.

Jackson is at least the fifth person to drown while visiting Galveston County beaches this year.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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