Body of 10-year-old who went missing while swimming at Matagorda Beach found

HOUSTON – The body of a 10-year-old boy who went missing while swimming at Matagorda Beach Sunday had been recovered, according to the Matagorda Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Coast Guard told KPRC 2 there was a rip current issue when the child went missing around 6:50 p.m. near Jetty Park. According to authorities, the child’s body was found around 11 p.m. Monday.

The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office received a call that there were three people in the water in distress on Matagorda Beach. Deputies working beach patrol responded to the call for help and arrived at the scene which was approximately a quarter-mile east of Jetty Park.

A 30-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy were taken out by the surf. The Coast Guard was notified and sent two boats and a helicopter to search for the missing man and child.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., searchers found the body of Rudy Gomez, 30, of Angleton, in the surf near the shore around the same location where he was swept out. Deputy Josh Crosby along with the Matagorda Fire Department rescue first responder entered the surf and pulled Gomez onto the beach.

Deputies said they would release more information as it comes in.


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