Texas police chief dies in boating accident

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On Sunday morning, authorities found the body of Kemah, Texas, police chief Chris Reed in Galveston Bay, close to where he had fallen overboard.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office found Reed’s body around 8 a.m. on Sunday about 1.5 miles north of the Texas City Dike where his wife had reported him missing as of Friday. The 50-year Reed was boating with his wife when the wake of a larger vessel hit his boat and knocked him overboard, according to the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper said that Reed was not wearing a lifejacket.

The search covered more than 650 square miles in the bay and included 19 agencies and 25 volunteer vessels. Late Sunday, a police escort carried Reed’s body to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family, friends and entire Kemah community,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo, said in a tweet. “May he rest in peace.”

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