A line of strong thunderstorms with gusting winds surprised a Brownie camp group that were sailing several small Sunfish sailboats in the Pamlico River Wednesday afternoon.
According to a witness, the group was sailing several of the Sunfish sailboats when a storm rushed into the area, flipping three of the boats.
Timothy Boyer was one of a group of residents in Shadybank and Summer Haven areas that came to the rescue.
"I mean you could see it getting black across the river and a few minutes later, it was here. Maybe two minutes, three minutes, but it was blowing every bit of 40-50 knots," said Boyer.
Everyone involved made it safely out of the water. But Boyer's boat sank after getting back to shore because it took on too much water too fast.