TEXAS CITY, Tx. – A massive hunt is underway to locate a Texas police chief who fell overboard while boating with his wife on Friday, reported KPRC.
Authorities in Texas are combining their efforts in a hopes that they can locate their missing brother.
Now, over a dozen law enforcement agencies have joined together to locate Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed.
Right now over 40 vessels are reportedly looking for Chief Reed, including 15 U.S. Coast Guard boats.
Reed was out with his wife on Galveston Bay on their fishing boat on Friday when the incident occurred, authorities noted in a statement. When a passing vessel threw up a large wake that slammed into the side of Reed’s boat, he was allegedly thrown into the water.
Our prayers are with (Reed’s wife) Jana and her family. Chris has and always will be a beacon and light for children. We are at a loss of words and hope that we find him.
The search continues for Kemah Chief of Police Chris Reed. He fell from a boat yesterday, near the Texas City Dike. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chief, his family, and the Kemah community. pic.twitter.com/FIOjRB5jVG
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) June 8, 2019
The incident occurred near the Texas City dike. Reed was reportedly not wearing a life jacket when he was thrown overboard.
Reed’s wife was also onboard the vessel, but she was uninjured during the events.
Tom Munoz is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas City. He said on Sunday morning that about 40 vessels are searching for the missing chief. An aircrew and a team of drones– along with 12 state, local and federal agencies — are also involved in the search effort, he noted.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon said that the search for Reed will continue as long as authorities believe he could be on top of the water.
“Number one, he’s just a great cop, just to start off with. He’s been in this county a long time, working for several different agencies,” said Texas City Police Chief Joe Stanton. “We’re a tight-knit group. He’s one of ours. And, we’re out there and we’re gonna find him.”
A reported noted that Reed’s wife, Jana, and their children Chase, Logan and Alexis, were extremely thankful for those searching for him and offered love and strength.
“Chris Reed is a friend to everyone, a husband, brother, a son, a mentor, a protector, chief and a coach. But within each of those roles, Chris is always a connector,” the family said in a statement.
Reed is not just a dedicated law enforcement official either, KPRC reported. He’s also a retired Army paratrooper and additionally serves on the Clear Creek Independent School District board.
“He connects people to create synergy and a greater good. The power of connection tonight, paired with faith, hope and love is what Chris would expect from this community if he were in this stadium tonight,” his family said.
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to update this report as more information becomes available.