Father dies after saving son from rip current off Corolla

By on September 4, 2017

A 35-year-old vacationer who was hospitalized Saturday evening after trying to rescue his son in the ocean off Corolla, and then becoming overcome by the rough surf himself, passed away on Sunday.

Currituck Fire and EMS Chief Chip Melton said the incident was reported around 5:50 p.m. off the Pine Island section near milepost 3.

Melton said the man was pulled out of the surf by Good Samaritans and was initially in cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated by Currituck Fire and EMS personnel and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Nightingale helicopter.


WTKR-TV reported the man died Sunday at the hospital. His name and hometown have not been released.

Melton said the son made it out okay and did not require medical attention. A high risk of rip currents was posted by the National Weather Service on Saturday with surf of 3 feet and an onshore wind.

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Out of Towner

Thursday, Sep 7 2:16 pm

Rest in peace, sir. Well done.

BTW…. I’ve been swimming in the waters of the OBX for 40 years. Risks exist there, like they exist anywhere. In fact, the deadliest beaches in the US border the Gulf of Mexico, where the calmest waters exist. The waters of the OBX are for swimming because you accept the risk by stepping foot into the surf.



Wednesday, Sep 6 11:07 am

Want to send flowers, do we know where the wake will be?

Richard Smith

Wednesday, Sep 6 10:38 am

As a visitor to the OBX, the only direct interaction I have had with the surf is fishing. Knowing whats in the water and what that water can do along the OBX, why risk it? RIP to the fellow.


Wednesday, Sep 6 5:58 am

Prayers for family. So sad. A true hero


Tuesday, Sep 5 9:59 am

So sad! Prayers to the family, and especially to the son.


Tuesday, Sep 5 7:35 am

That makes about 12 people that have drowned on our beaches, which are not for swimming.
The tourism bureau should advertise that.

Thinking about the future

Tuesday, Sep 5 6:55 am

So very sorry.

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