Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that, on September 11, 2020 at approximately 9:49 a.m., the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a boating incident near Red Bluff Point. Investigation revealed that the boat was anchored by the stern when a passing ship’s wake caused the boat to take on water, ultimately, causing the boat to turn over and sink. In the process, one of the boaters became trapped underneath the boat and drowned. A deceased 32 year old male was recovered by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and transferred to the Chambers County Marine Unit. Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene to assist Texas Parks and Wildlife with the investigation.
Sheriff Hawthorne reminds boaters to wear their life vests and that passing ship’s wakes makes the waters in the Galveston Bay Complex unpredictable and sometimes dangerous.