Kemah police chief Chris Reed was on a fishing boat with his wife in Galveston Bay on Friday afternoon when the incident happened, the authorities said.
Reed fell overboard near the dike of Texas City and has not been seen since. Wife stayed on the boat and was not injured. At this time, he still had no life jacket, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon told reporters.
Kemah is located in Galveston Bay, approximately 60 km from Houston.
The search continues as long as the authorities believe Reed could be on the surface of the water, Damon said.
"Number one, he's just a great cop to start with, he was in that county a," I've worked for a variety of agencies for a long time, "said Joe Stanton, Texas City Police Chief," We're a close group , He is one of us. And we are out there and will find him. "
When law enforcement agencies sought their own, the Kemah residents gathered at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday night to support their loved ones.
His wife Jana Reed and her children Chase, Logan and Alexis thanked those who sought and love and strength
"Chris Reed is a friend to all, a husband, a brother, a son, a mentor, a protector, a boss, and a coach. But in each of these roles, Chris is always a connector, "the family said in a statement to the partner.
" It connects people to create synergies and a greater good. The power of union, coupled with faith, hope and love, is what Chris would expect from this community if he were in this stadium tonight. "