ROLLOVER PASS - by Scott Lawrence/KFDM News - KFDM News has learned law enforcement officers recovered the body of a fisherman who drowned Tuesday morning near Rollover Pass on the Bolivar Peninsula.
Major Ray Tuttoilmondo with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as Riley Amick, 24, of Pearland.
"The guy was apparently wade fishing in the general area of Rollover Pass, a little east of there," Major Tuttoilmondo told KFDM News. "The man was reported missing at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. We recovered his body around 10 a.m."
Major Tuttoilmondon says Amick was with a friend and waded about 200 yards from the shoreline. The friend didn't venture that far. Amick began screaming for help but the strong currents prevented the friend from coming to his aid. The friend got to shore and called 911.
Crews in a U. S. Coast Guard helicopter were called in to assist in the search for Amick. They found him shortly before 10:00 a.m. about ¾ mile northeast of Rollover Pass, about 400 yards offshore. Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire personnel used personal watercraft to bring him to shore. Amick was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators remind fishermen of the dangers off Rollover Pass.
"Most definitely for wade fisherman there are certain areas where you should be exceptionally cautious," Major Tuttoilmondo told KFDM News . "The two most treacherous in Galveston County are Rollover Pass and San Luis Pass. The currents are very unpredictable." Law enforcement officers and first responders say anyone who goes wade fishing should wear a lifejacket.
KFDM reporter Leslie Rangel is covering the story. Watch KFDM and stay with kfdm.com for updates.