Family of former Kemah PD Chief Chris Reed files lawsuit against shipping company

KEMAH, Texas (KTRK) — The family of Chris Reed, the late Kemah Police Chief who drowned in Galveston Bay is now suing a shipping company for wrongful death.

Reed died last month when he was knocked off his fishing boat near the Texas City Dike.

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His widow claims the boat hit a wake from a Maersk Line Limited container ship that was almost a thousand feet long.

Jana Reed says she threw her husband a rope, but he yelled he couldn’t get his arms up and was then hit by another wake off the ship.

Seconds later, Jana only saw his shoes floating on the water’s surface.

Crews found Reed’s body two days later.

Chris’ family is claiming negligence and wrongful death under Texas law.

The lawsuit claims that the Maersk Line Limited container ship had a duty to try and prevent wake damage and was also traveling at excessive speed, among other reasoning.

As of now, Maersk Line Limited has not commented on the suit.

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