KEMAH, Texas — A Deer Park man drowned attempting to help a kayaker who appeared to be in distress just off the Kemah Boardwalk on Wednesday, according to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.
Around 9:30 a.m., Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says 56-year-old Robert Todd Riddle of Deer Park, Texas, jumped into the Galveston Bay from the Kemah Boardwalk to help a kayaker who had turned over approximately 100 yards offshore and appeared to be in distress.
"The kayaker and another citizen who also jumped in to help, made it back to shore safely, but unfortunately Riddle did not," stated Hawthorne.
Riddle's body was discovered by search crews around 10 a.m. on Thursday in the area he was last seen.
Chambers County Justice of the Peace Larry Cryer performed the inquest and has ordered an autopsy.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this most difficult time," stated Hawthrone.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, League City Fire Dive Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Kemah Police Department and fire departments, and the Port of Houston Fire Department aided in the search for Riddle.