Preparedness, fast response lead to nighttime water rescue

By on June 7, 2018

A prepared fisherman and a fast response by emergency crews led to a successful water rescue on Kitty Hawk Bay late Wednesday.

At approximately 9:43 pm, the 62-year-old man called 911 after his canoe capsized between Kill Devil Hills and Burn Island.

Kill Devil Hills Fire Department and Ocean Rescue Division were dispatched to the area off West Avalon Drive.

KDH Ocean Rescue responded with a personal watercraft and found the man in good condition and no injuries. He was transported back to his vehicle at the Dock Street Boat Ramp.

The search and rescue effort took less than one hour, in part due to the victim’s preparedness, according to a news release.

Authorities said the man had a personal flotation device, a flashlight, and a mobile phone which he used to call 9-1-1.

He was able to provide an approximate location to the dispatcher at Dare Central Commuications using a mapping app on his phone, the department said.

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