1 dead, 1 body found in search for missing man after kayak overturns at Pirate's Beach
GALVESTON, Texas – One man is dead and another is missing after a kayak overturned near the east end of Pirate's Beach in Galveston on Saturday, according to the Galveston Beach Patrol.
Investigators said the overturned kayak was reported around 6 p.m. near Exit 14 on Highway 3005 on the beach.
Two friends Raul Olvera, 25 and Alan Perez Perreira, 20 had been kayaking together in a double kayak when it overturned. They were not wearing life jackets, officials said.
Bystanders spotted Olvera, who was underwater for approximately 10 minutes before he was pulled ashore. Beachgoers attempted CPR on Olvera until paramedics arrived. He was taken to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, where he was pronounced dead.
Perriera is missing in the water and investigators said they presume he is dead.
A body was found during the search for Perriera, but the identification of the body has not been released.
The beach conditions on Saturday were choppy, and a red-flag advisory had been initiated, meaning "conditions are determined to be out of the ordinary, such as the presence of strong wind, strong current or large surf," according to the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. Adults who were swimming were advised to stay in water no more than waist-deep and non-swimmers and children were to be kept along the surf line, patrol said.
Investigators are working to determine if the kayak was a rental or if one of the two men owned it.
The two friends are from the Houston area but had been living in Galveston for a short time.
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