Sailboats Capsize In Pamlico River As Storm Rolls Through

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.


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  • by Beth on Jul 30, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    I am also happy no one was killed in this situation, but have to ask, why would adults allow these children out on sailboats when the weather forcasters said there was a strong possibility of severe storms on that day? Bravo to the rescuers!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    Sorry the unemployed comment was supposed to go to another story.
  • by erma Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    I'm so thankful for the prayers and quick thinking of the residents. My daughter is one of the campers. We're all giving thanks tonight for there safety.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    To unemployed: Just be happy there are a few jobs available and they do hire local contractors, CMF, Trader, Roberts, etc. Maybe you should contact them.
  • by Ladyluck Location: Winterville on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    I'm so glad to hear this story has a happy ending. Bless all that were involved.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    May God bless the rescuers!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    They were lucky no one was struck by lightning. On a sailboat with the mast up in the air and the highest point on the water. That's just asking to get struck, and the fact that they didn't means someone was looking out for them.They need to say a few extra prayers tonight.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    I second that, John! What an awesome, unselfish job on behalf of the Shadybanks and Summer Haven residents.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    Thank God he had someone there to help those in need. All those helping and helped are truly blessed.
  • by john Location: washington on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Great job Shadybanks and Summer Haven residents. Boyer, if I could I would pay for your boat repairs. Great job man!!
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