Body found near Kemah during search for 40-year-old

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Monday, June 15, 2020
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The U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities are looking for a man who was thrown from a boat Saturday afternoon.

KEMAH, Texas (KTRK) -- A body that matches the description of a boater who went missing over the weekend near Kemah has been recovered, the Coast Guard said.

Shawn Robert Scarbrough, 40, went missing Saturday about five miles away from Kemah after being thrown off a boat. Investigators said he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard said just before noon on Monday, a boater spotted a body matching the description of Scarbrough.

Investigators said the body has been recovered and is being investigated by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

The body has not been identified.

Scarbrough was last seen wearing a blue shirt with gray shorts.

He was thrown off the boat in the Houston Ship Channel at Light 67. The operator's seat reportedly broke, causing him to sharply turn the wheel.

Three other passengers aboard the vessel were not ejected and were not hurt.

The search for Scarbrough has been underway ever since. Texas EquuSearch joined in on the efforts on Sunday.

"We ask that everyone keep the friends and family of Mr. Scarbrough in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," read a statement on its website.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at 281-464-4854 or Texas Equusearch at (281) 309-9500.