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Search to resume this morning for boy who drowned after being caught in rip current in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) — The search will resume Wednesday morning for a 7-year-old who drowned after being caught up in a rip current in Galveston.Authorities said they were notified around 8:09 p.m. Tuesday that the child had gone missing just off the beach near 37th St. and Seawall Boulevard. He had been at the beach with his family.

The boy was last seen wearing black shorts.SEE ALSO: Rip currents: Safety tips and what to know

Beach patrol, along with a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard, searched for the boy Tuesday night, but did not recover his body.

The search will continue at 9:30 a.m. His name has not been released.

With summer fast approaching, more people may be hitting the water.

If you plan to go to the beach, you should be aware of rip currents and what to do if you get caught in one.

Rip currents are a narrow channel of water that flows away from the beach and can quickly carry you out to sea. They’re often underestimated and potentially deadly since they are subtle, but powerful.Instead of trying to swim back against the current, you need to first escape it.

Swim parallel to the beach to break the rip current, then swim back in to shore.

The National Weather Service advises that you check its forecast for local beach conditions before you leave for the beach. When you get there, ask lifeguards about rip currents and other hazards.

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Galveston leaders ask for Abbott to back them in pressuring CDC to lift moratorium on cruises

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) — With the advancement of the COVID-19 vaccine in efforts to keep the virus from spreading, leaders in Galveston are hoping to have cruises back in the area by July.Before the pandemic struck, Galveston saw 1.09 million passengers sail out of the island in 2019, according to leaders. Once the pandemic began, those numbers were way down as the virus forced the shutdown of cruises out of U.S. ports last spring.

SEE ALSO: 2 Royal Caribbean lines to resume cruises in June; Crews, guests must be vaccinated[1]
Now, leaders are hoping to have ships sailing from the Port of Galveston as early as July.On Monday, the Port of Galveston director, Rodger Rees, issued a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asking for his backing in pressuring the CDC to lift the moratorium.[2] Rees claimed the cruise industry is being unfairly singled out.

“We’re ready,” Rees said. “We’re the only cruise port in Texas. But this business has been growing. We have a lot of things going on this.”

SEE ALSO: Fully vaccinated people can travel again, says new CDC guidance[3]

This comes a week after the state of Florida filed a lawsuit against the federal government to demand cruise ships be allowed to start sailing immediately.
SEE ALSO: Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail[4]According to Galveston leaders, the suspension of cruise ships resulted in a $ 1.2 billion loss in direct spending. The suspension also caused a reduction of 23,000 jobs and $ 1.6 billion in wages statewide.

SEE ALSO: Royal Caribbean plans first fully vaccinated cruises from Israel[5]

Claire Johnson, co-owner of GalvestonCruises.com, said there is a demand to set sail again and that most of her clients wouldn’t mind if there was a requirement to be vaccinated.

“People are ready to go,” Johnson said.Galveston County Health authorities, Dr. Philip Keiser also added he would be among the first on a ship that required everyone to be vaccinated.

“I’d get on that ship. I really would. That’s how much confidence I have on the vaccines,” Keiser said. “I think particularly for cruise lines, that’s probably what they’re going to have to do.”

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