Man rescued from Currituck Sound after PWC breaks down

By on May 20, 2018

An 18-year-old Moyock man was rescued from the Currituck Sound Saturday evening after he tried to wade back to shore when his personal water craft broke down.

According to Capt. Chet Flemming of Currituck County Fire-EMS, the man had left the Whalehead Club around 5:45 p.m. headed back to the mainland when the craft lost power.

The man eventually abandoned the vessel and tried to swim back to shore, and said he thought he was about 3 miles out in the sound when he ran into trouble.

Flemming said crews from Currituck Fire-EMS, Corolla Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Corolla Beach Rescue and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched at 6:49 p.m. after the man was reported overdue.

The man was located at 7:25 p.m. standing in chest-deep water about one-half mile west of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. After being evaluated by EMS, he was transported to his home in Moyock.

Crews were also dispatched to locate the personal water craft. Its status was not updated in a news release.

“Please maintain constant vigilance over the ever-changing weather conditions on the Currituck Sound,” said Mike Hudson, chief operator for Corolla Beach Rescue.

“When you operate a small craft, make sure you have a clear communications plan with someone onshore; and make sure they call for assistance early if you don’t arrive at the expected time,” Hudson said.

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  • Seal

    No radio, cell phone, signal flares = Stupid !!!!

    Sunday, May 20 @ 10:49 am