Search continues for missing man thrown from boat near Kemah

Shawn Scarbrough
Shawn Scarbrough (KPRC 2)

KEMAH, Texas – The search for a missing boater continues Sunday after a man was thrown from a boat without a life jacket on approximately five miles east of Kemah Saturday.

The missing boater, identified as Shawn Scarbrough, was last seen wearing a blue shirt with grey shorts. Scarbrough is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders were notified by 911 dispatch of a boater ejected without a life jacket from an 18-foot vessel in the Houston Ship Channel at Light 67, according to the coast guard. It was reported that the the vessel operator’s seat broke, causing him to sharply turn the wheel.

The other three boaters on the vessel were not ejected and are uninjured, officials said.

The Coast Guard, Kemah Fire Department, Seabrook Police Department and Chambers County Sheriff’s Office are among the agencies searching for the missing boater. The Coast Guard and DPS have helicopters flying over the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.