Man lost in Brays Bayou after trying to help 2 children in the water, Houston police say

Jessica Willey Image
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Man swept away in Brays Bayou while trying to help 2 kids, HPD says
EMBED <>More Videos

A search got underway Wednesday in Brays Bayou where police say someone trying to rescue a person caught in the water slipped under himself.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Swift water and multiple suction points along Brays Bayou are challenging crews trying to look for a man who was trying to help two children who fell in.

The Houston Police Department confirmed crews began searching for the would-be rescuer early Wednesday evening in a portion of the bayou near Highway 288 and South MacGregor Way.

Preliminary information from police states a group of people was at the bridge near Almeda and MacGregor when two 12-year-olds got too close, fell in, and needed help.

Two adults went to help and got the kids out, HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said. One adult got out, but a man, believed to be 22 years old, failed to make it to safety.

A Houston police helicopter was launched to search the bayou to the ship channel area. Officers and firefighters also looked at other points along the bayou, and a dive team made it out, though, police said divers weren't likely to go in Wednesday night.

Crews went on to temporarily suspend the search until Thursday morning.

For more on this story, follow Jessica Willey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.