On Wednesday, 56-year-old Todd Riddle of Deer Park tried to assist a kayaker in trouble. The kayaker got to safety, but Riddle did not.
RIP 🙏🏽❤️: The family has shared this photo of Todd. Keep them in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/5b1l6rfFdn— Charly Edsitty (@CharlyABC13) September 5, 2019
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Officials told ABC13 that Riddle, who is a maintenance worker at the Kemah Boardwalk, was last seen alive at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"He swam about 100 yards out and, on his way back, disappeared," Coast Guard Lt. Commander Caren Damon said.
Riddle's family describes him as a strong swimmer and "exactly the kind of man who would risk his life to save another, without hesitation."
Dozens of agencies assisted with the search of Riddle, including the Coast Guard, Kemah Police and Fire Departments, Seabrook Fire Department and Harris and Chambers County Sheriff's Offices.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help assist with funeral costs.
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