The family of 16-year-old Joseph Thomas confirmed their son's body was recovered after he did not make it back to shore while swimming with friends.
In a post on Facebook, James Thomas said his son was caught in a riptide, but was able to help save the life of "one young lady" before he disappeared.
He posted a heartfelt message sharing insight on the life of his 16-year-old son.
He wrote in part, "Joseph had a spirit and personality that belied his youth, an air of confidence that was both encouraging and inspiring. We have been robbed of the gift he was in the flesh while we cherish how he touched us all."
The body of a 29-year-old swimmer was found Sunday morning in Galveston. Officials say his friends lost sight of him after he decided to go swimming at 1 a.m.
The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is reporting strong rip currents along the beaches, with a red flag warning in effect.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol Flag Warning System Update:— GalvestonBeachPatrol (@IslandLifeguard) May 24, 2019
Flag Color: Red
Advisory: Strong Rip Currents
Updated: 24-May-2019 10:32:17
Beachgoers are urged to swim near a lifeguard if they're entering the water.
In Brazoria County, officials have closed beaches due to high tides and rip currents.
Due to extremely high tides and dangerous rip currents, Brazoria County has closed county beaches to vehicular traffic over the Memorial Day weekend #MemorialDay2019 #BrazoriaCounty pic.twitter.com/ZwG0inJ3kB— Brazoria County (@BrazoriaCounty) May 24, 2019
RELATED: What you need to know about rip currents
"Rip currents are powerful currents of water that move away from the shore. They account for 100 deaths at U.S. beaches annually," according to AccuWeather. "The best thing you can do is know that rip currents do not drag you underwater, they pull you away from shore."
If you find yourself caught in a rip current, AccuWeather suggests to not panic and to swim parallel to the shore until you escape.