Missing Windsurfer Off Eastern Carolina Coast

The Coast Guard is searching for a windsurfer off the coast of Eastern Carolina.

The call came in Saturday night, about 8:40 p.m., from Corolla in Currituck County. Someone onshore in Pine Island called 9-1-1 and said a windsurfer was in distress about 200 yards offshore.

The windsurfer was wearing wearing a black wetsuit and riding on a white surfboard with a blue sail.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue from Air Station Elizabeth City, along with a 47 foot rescue boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet and members of Ocean Rescue are on scene conducting a search for the missing man.

The rescue helicopter crew located a blue sail with no surfboard attached.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information regarding this case to please contact (252) 247-4570.

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  • by N/A Location: n.c. on Aug 28, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Brian: You have no idea what you are talking about. To say that the rescue workers were unprepared is comical. Have you ever been part of a rescue team? Also, since you are from New York, maybe you stop coming to a beach of which you are so critical of its services. Stay in New York!!! The last thing local people here need are people commenting on things they are not educated on. So you called 911!!! I doubt that the emergency response system waited 2 hrs. to put your call through. Maybe next time you are on vacation (hopefully at a different beach) that you mind your own business and not worry about people who are NOT in distress and that actually made it to shore on their own accord. Maybe you should stop criticizing people and mind your own business next time. Or you could join your local rescue agency and be a positive influence instead of a negative one.
  • by Brian Location: Syracuse N.Y on May 13, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    I would just like to state for the record that I most likely was the first person to call 911 on saturday evening and it was well befor 8:40 p.m,in fact I made 2 calls to 911,the first around 7:25 p.m to report the boarder in distress and the second call around 8:15 to tell 911 that the rescuers were going the wrong way on RT.12 they were heading to far south.Infact as stated by Donna earlier on this list of comments I was there when the first rescuer risked his life on that jet ski with no lights at around 8:30 that evening.The really horrible fact about this is that I had that boarder in my sight for over an hour after I called 911 and nobody came to help!The response time of the departments who oversee this area were horrible ,they were unprepared and didn't even seem to see any emergency until it was too late.The exception being the rescuer who went out on the jet ski doing all he could with what he had available.I agree with Donna,what a sad way to end a great vacation.
  • by brian Location: zory on May 13, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    I would like to state for the record that the original call to 911 was not made at 8:40p.m saturday evening.I in fact called 911 much earlier than that on 2 seperate times.First call was around 7:20 or so to make the original report of the boarder in distress.The second call i made was from my cell phone to tell 911 that the rescuers were going the wrong way down RT.12 to far south to assist in this guys rescue.The response time in this entire situation was far to long!It was over an hour until the first rescuer hit the water with a jet ski(with no lights!) to start the search.This article is a terrible description of what occured,this boarder was alive and in our sights for over and hour and nobody came to help!Brian Zory
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on May 11, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    To Sam: when your in an airplane searching over water its very hard to spot out a orange vest, Trust me, I have done enough rescues. Also, Not everybody is a good swimmer and when a person starts to panic, they may not think to swim back to shore. Some people forget how to swim, if you can believe that. I do hope they find the surfer.
  • by Blake Location: Rocky Mount on May 11, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    Blue suit red suit so what its AMERICA for now. thoughts and prayers to the family.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 11, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    To Sarah, not when you are on a boat fishing though! I hope the guy gets found and will be ok. That goes back to show you that you definately have to be very careful and on alert so nothing bad will happen to you. If it was me, I would have thoughts about getting off and swimming to shore then, even if it is about 20-30 miles up the beach from Kill Devil Hills or Nags head, or Duck and have to get some help. If you are a good swimmer, then that helps. Luckily swimming is one of the things that I am very good with and that's probably why. Thoughts and prayers go to the whole family.
  • by Donna Location: Ruckersville, Virginia on May 11, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    I was vacationing at Pine Island and my son who is a police officer called 911. We could not tell if this person was in distress or not, but it was going to be dark soon and he was soooo far out that we called for help. A rescue worker went out on a jet ski toward the location that we pointed out, but it soon became too dark. We were actually very worried about the rescue worker because he had no lights on his jet ski, no beacon on his vest and actually endangered his own life to try and rescue this person. It was a very sad ending to our wonderful vacation on Pine Island.
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on May 11, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    I don't think his color of clothes makes any difference. In a big huge ocean it would be hard to see a orange vest. I think there should be a law tho that makes people wear life preservers when out on the ocean, even surfers.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 11, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    I agree that the color choice's could have been better as well, but you know what they say about hindsight? I am sure like anything we do on any given day we all think "it won't happen to me". I see it with motorcyclist wearing t-shirts and jeans (they never thought about road rash huh?), Vehicle drivers talking on cell phones, eating, drinking, etc.. It is in our everyday life. The point I am making is though his color choice could have been better, so could some of our own words. My prayers for his family and friends!
  • by To Bon Location: Washington on May 11, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    I'll agree about the color choices, but show some respect for the family of the missing surfer. Using the term common sense will not bring this person back, and if the family is reading this, you have done nothing more than add to their misery.
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