Officials recover body from Lake Houston during search for missing kayaker

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter, Stephanie Cano - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - Emergency crews recovered a body during the search for a man who went missing in Lake Houston Saturday after the kayak he and two companions were in overturned.

Officials said the trio were fishing in the small boat near the Lake Houston Marina along FM 1960 and Huffman at 3 a.m. when it capsized and all three fell into the water.

Two men swam to shore, but one man disappeared.

A dive team was called to search for the man, who was in his 50s, after Houston police and firefighters searched with boats and a helicopter, but couldn't find him. 

Police said they do not believe the men were wearing life jackets. They said the two men who swam to shore were taken to a hospital as a precaution. They are expected to recover, police said.

"Life jackets are always preferred. If you're a good swimmer. Whether or not you can swim, you need to be wearing a PFD (personal flotation device). This boat doesn't have any lights. Lights are important especially at night," said Sgt. Edward Godwin, with the Houston Police Department's Dive Team.

His identity has not been released.

It is unclear exactly where he went into the water. Police said they are hoping to talk to the other two fishermen to learn more about what happened.

"We're going to run sonar, trying to locate a target and once we have a target, then we'll send divers down to put hands on it to check and see what it is," Godwin said.

KPRC will update this story with more information when it becomes available.






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