Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LR boy, 10, drowns off Texas coast


GALVESTON, Texas — A 10-year-old Arkansas boy drowned after he vanished while swimming with his family in coastal Texas, authoritie­s said.

Micah Batson of Little Rock disappeare­d shortly before noon Saturday while swimming with his family in the waters off Crystal Beach, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

The boy’s father told authoritie­s he and his son were in waist-high water when a wave crashed over them and separated them, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

First responders found boy’s body several hours later, authoritie­s said.

The beach area on the Bolivar Peninsula does not have lifeguards.

Deputies reported busy beaches similar to a holiday weekend, Trochesset said. Stay-at-home orders issued because of the coronaviru­s pandemic were lifted Friday.

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