Body of missing 88-year-old man found in Galveston Bay, near Texas City Dike, authorities say

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An overdue boater was found dead a day after he was reported missing, the Coast Guard confirmed.

While searching for the missing mariner, Texas City police located a man’s body in the water at the end of the Texas City Dike. A driver’s license found on the man matched the description of the missing 88-year-old. Several hours prior, authorities had found his boat abandoned in the Galveston Bay.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies began searching for the man Monday near Smith Point, Texas.

The man’s wife called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders Monday at 4:20 p.m. to report her husband had not returned from fishing.

The agencies involved in the search include Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Coast Guard Station Houston, Coast Guard Station Galveston, Coast Guard Cutter Alligator, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Wardens, Coast Guard Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the Kemah Fire Department, the League City Police Department, and the League City Fire Department.

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Posted by Chambers County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 26, 2022