GALVESTON, Texas - Coast Guard officials announced on Wednesday that they had found the body of 11-year-old Noah Authement, who drowned near Galveston.
Galveston police said the body was found about 4:40 p.m. 2 miles away from the shore, near Nine Mile Road and State Highway 3005.
“I miss him so much,” Noah’s father, Dusty, said in tears. “This was not supposed to happen. He was my baby boy, he was my youngest boy.”
Nicolas Garner, 16, who rushed into the water to help the boy Sunday near 17th Street and Seawall Boulevard, also went missing. He has not been found.
Authement last saw Noah three weeks ago, he said, when Child Protective Services decided the boy would live in a shelter in Galveston.
Over the weekend, under red flag conditions, authorities said Noah and other children from the shelter were allowed to go swimming. A rip current pulled Noah farther out into the ocean.
Another boy from the shelter, Garner, jumped in after him, and although Garner's body has not been found, it is presumed that both boys drowned.
“I want to tell [Nicolas’s mother] that I really appreciate your son,” Authement said, emotional. “He’s a hero, and I really give you my condolences. I’m so sorry.”
Authement said CPS has not spoken to him and won’t allow him to identify Noah’s body.
A CPS spokesperson said the investigation into the shelter, Galveston Multicultural Institute, could take longer than a month.
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