Football coach from Pennsylvania latest victim of rip currents

By on July 21, 2017


The body of a 30-year-old high school football coach from Pennsylvania was found early Friday by a Currituck County Sheriff’s deputy not far from where he had disappeared while swimming off Corolla the day before.

Thaddeous Davis of Lewisburg, Pa. was last seen by his wife Amy and a friend going under the water while in distress and not resurfacing about 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

A Corolla Ocean Rescue lifeguard rescued his 10-year-old son, who ran into trouble at the same time near the Pine Island bath house and Currituck Outer Banks milepost 4.

Advertisement reports that Davis was a Milton Hershey School and 2009 Bucknell graduate, and was an annual fund development officer for the university.

A vigil for Davis was held Thursday at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium at Bucknell, where he played football for the Bison.

Besides his Bucknell job, Davis was the defensive coordinator for the Lewisburg Area High School football team.

Lifeguards with Corolla Ocean Rescue, along with personnel from Corolla Volunteer Fire Department, Currituck County Fire and EMS and the Currituck Sheriff’s Office began an immediate search of the water, according to Currituck Fire and EMS Deputy Chief Tim Riley.

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a pair of helicopters from Station Elizabeth City and a boat from Station Oregon Inlet to assist with the search.


Riley said Davis’ body was discovered at 12:55 a.m. Friday near the search area by a deputy.

Rip currents had been observed in the area by Corolla Ocean Rescue, Riley said. The National Weather Service was calling for a moderate risk of rip currents on the Outer Banks for Thursday.

Farther to the south, Hatteras Island Rescue made numerous rescues between Rodanthe and Avon on Thursday morning as a result of rip currents.


A 43-year-old man from out-of-state died after being pulled unconscious from the surf off Frisco on Wednesday, but it was not known if his death was as the result of a rip current or a medical condition.

The National Park Service said Friday the family had not authorized releasing his identity.

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  • Really?

    Prayers for the family and God bless their souls.

    Saturday, Jul 22 @ 2:17 pm
  • Lucy Power

    So sad to read. Sounds like a fit strong
    Man who possibly panicked in a rip.
    Prayers for all. Our ocean is different here on the OBX,challenging at times.
    Peace to all.

    Monday, Jul 24 @ 10:47 pm
  • eli

    So sad to think of people coming here on vacation with high hopes only to suffer a tragedy…please, all hotels, motels, and rental homes – place prominent and detailed warnings about rip tides. Tell people to swim parallel to the shore until they escape the rip. People who have not lived on the ocean are not always aware.

    Tuesday, Jul 25 @ 9:10 am
  • Jessica S

    He was such an amazing man who deeply and genuinely cared for all people. I am shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy.

    Rest Peacefully, Dear Thaddeus. The world will miss you terribly.

    Thursday, Jul 27 @ 11:29 pm
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