Body of missing fisherman recovered near San Luis Pass

- The body of a man who went missing while fishing at the San Luis Pass has been recovered, the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. 

BSCO released this statement about the search:

On 06-24-2017 at about 5:00 Pm the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a fisherman in reference to a human body floating in the San Louis Pass area.  A Passing boater was able to load the body into his boat where he transported the remains to the Brazoria County Boat Ramp located on Christmas Bay. Deputies along with Investigators arrived on scene and were able to positively identify the body as 19 year old Jacob Szydlowski. Jacob had gone missing on Friday Morning after he and a fishing partner had become victims of a severe undertow at the base of the San Louis Pass Bridge. Jacobs 17 year old friend was able to defeat the undertow and began to float however Jacob was to never be seen again until his body was located by the fisherman. 

Family friends describe Jacob Szydlowski as the light of their group, who loves to play his favorite guitar and go wade fishing. He has been missing since 8 a.m. Friday following his latest fishing trip at San Luis Pass.

Brazoria County Sheriff's Office deputies say Szydlowski, 19, and his friend were wade fishing in chest-high water near the San Luis Pass bridge, when the two were knocked off of their feet by the strong current. Szydlowski's friend managed to float on his back and made it to shore. However, Szydlowski didn't resurface. The strong currents are also making it harder for the search crews who have no time to waste.

"The stronger the tide, the more difficult it becomes of course the more time that elapses, and the broader we have to expand our search," said BCSO Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove. 

The BCSO is using this opportunity to warn people about the area that they consider very dangerous for fishers and swimmers.

"You may be the most experienced fisherman, the most experienced of swimmers, but you're not going to win when it comes to the currents as strong as these in this area." added Lt. Snelgrove.

The U.S. Coast Guard, an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, Station Galveston boat crew and Galveston Island Beach Patrol assisted in the search for Szydlowski, along with other agencies.

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