Mom dies trying to save 4-year-old son at Galveston beach

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Coast Guard officials say a body has been found near Crystal Beach on Galveston's Bolivar Peninsula that matches the description of an East Texas woman who went missing after trying to help her 4-year-old child struggling in the rough Gulf of Mexico surf.

The Galveston County Sheriff's office says witnesses told them 33-year-old Brandy Mosley, of Palestine, went into the water Monday afternoon with a relative after a wave swept away her son who was playing in the sand at the edge of the water. The child, who was wearing water wings, and the relative made it back to shore but Mosley didn't.

A body was found by sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning. Officials are awaiting positive identification.

Residents say visitors often are unaware of dangerous riptides along the beach.