KEMAH, Texas (FOX 26) - The Coast Guard has found the body of a Kemah Boardwalk employee who disappeared Wednesday after he tried to help a kayaker in distress.
According to the Coast Guard, people on the scene lost sight of 57-year-old Todd Riddle and called authorities.
The kayak had flipped over, but the kayaker was helped to the shore by another good Samaritan, pulled to safety on a passing boat.
Law enforcement closed off the amusement area of the boardwalk as they searched the water. Drones were also being used to search from the air.
We’re told Riddle is a relative of one of the Kemah police officers. Todd Riddle is also the son of former Deer Park mayor Wayne Riddle.
Several agencies were involved in the search, including: Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Coast Guard Station Houston, Coast Guard Station Galveston, Sector Houston-Galveston Drone Team, Kemah Fire Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office Marine Division, Seabrook Fire Department, and other good Samaritans.