Chris Reed, serving as chief of police for Kemah, Texas, on the Gulf The coast southeast of Houston has been thrown off the boat by a larger passing vessel near Texas City, according to the US Coast Guard, " said Tom Munoz, Texas Emergency Management Coordinator.
Reed's wife called 911 to announce that her husband had gone overboard at 4 pm local time, authorities said.
He wore no life jacket.
Chief Reed is a big part of prosecution in Galveston County, "Joe Stanton, chief of police of Texas City, said at a press conference on Friday night," I want to thank all the agencies that have responded ̵
and we are out there and will find him," Stanton added.
On Saturday morning, the city published a statement on Facebook, in which it sent "prayers and thoughts" to Reed's family while the search continued.  The Coast Guard mobilized both sea and air search and rescue units, but had not found Reed until late at night, continuing its search efforts as long as we believe it is viable on the surface, "Coast Guard Lieutenant. Cmdr. Caren Damon told reporters on Friday evening.
Reed is also a member of the board of the Clear Creek Independent School District.
"Chris Reed is a champion for children and a beacon for the CCISD," a statement said "He is a strong man and we continue to hope that he will return to his wife and children." He has three adult children.
Kevin Kraus and Ahmad Hemingway of ABC News reported on this report contributed.
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