Surfside beach

SURFSIDE BEACH — A man swimming with his girlfriend Monday night became the second drowning victim at Surfside Beach in just over a week.

The 40-year-old Houston man was swimming with his girlfriend about 8 p.m. Monday near the shoreline before he went missing, Coast Guard Petty Officer Edward Wargo of the Sector Houston-Galveston said.

Witnesses saw him go under the water, and authorities were alerted when he didn’t resurface, Wargo said.

Surfside Beach police recovered his body shortly after midnight Tuesday, Police Chief Gary Phillips said.

The man was about “neck-deep” in the water when he went missing from view, Phillips said.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter and two boats to search for the man with the assistance of Surfside Beach police, Wargo said. Rescuers found the man near the area he went missing several hours later, Wargo said.

Police recovered the body of a 17-year-old Houston man at Surfside Beach on Memorial Day after he couldn’t make it to shore while swimming about 6 p.m. the day before.

“People need to be careful,” Phillips said. “There are sandbars out there, but if you step off a sandbar, you could take in water and drown.”

The man’s identity has not been released because his family hasn’t been notified, Phillips said.

Two other drownings have occurred on area beaches in recent weeks.

The body of a 29-year-old man who went missing after going for an early-morning swim May 19 in San Luis Pass was recovered a week later. A 16-year-old boy who disappeared May 26 while swimming at Matagorda Beach was found the next day.

Courtney Blackann is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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