Autopsy For Missing Boy Found On Beach

The body of a boy who disappeared in rough surf on the Outer Banks has been found.

12 year-old Chance Cosgrove was body surfing with his father and uncle at the beach at Corolla Friday. A wave knocked all three of them down and Chance disappeared. He's from Pearl River, New York.

The Currituck County Sheriff's Office says a person walking on the beach Tuesday morning found the body of the boy. The discovery was made about a mile from where Chance was last seen in the water.

Officials say the body was secured and taken to a fire department. The family has been notified and is with the body. An autopsy has been scheduled, but no date has been given.

The Coast Guard says intermittent rain and wind hampered Monday's search. The initial search efforts were affected by Tropical Storm Danny.


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  • by Michele Location: NJ on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Unfortunately vacationers rely on the flag system in place by the beach patrol to gage the water conditions. If dangerous warnings were posted in other outlets, why the discrepancy on the beach with NO red flags and NO warnings to stay out of the water? My family was on the same beach that morning, and there many people in the water. Honestly, I was NOT watching TV that day and also relied on the beach patrol to know the conditions of the water. How are we as visitors to Corolla to know that the flag system cannot always be trusted? The town should have made it abundantly clear how bad the water was that day, if this was the case! Beachgoers trust the beach patrol to keep them safe and right or wrong, may have had a FALSE sense of security in their NO red flag postings! Maybe OBX should model their beach patrol after New Jersey. Stationary lifeguard stands and designated areas to swim with constant surveillance! There is NO guessing to what the water conditions are!
  • by Christine V. Location: Hazlet, NJ on Sep 2, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Family and friends were in Outer Banks, Duck on this Friday. No life guards ever said the water was rough and no flags were up. I was in the water a number of times with up to 5 children. This is a horrible, horrible accident. I can't help but wonder if this boy chance hit his head. My heart goes out to this family. I was traveling with two 12 yr old children and my heart aches for this family. God Bless the Cosgrove family and together you will get through this.
  • by Concerned mom on Sep 2, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    Lets get some perspective people. I was on the beach that day in the red zone. I watched the Coast Guard go back and forth all day sometimes hovering in one spot. I watched the lifeguards drive up and down the beach and if they thought for one minute that it was unsafe they would have red flagged the beach. They did not they let all the tourist swim all day and swim where ever they wanted. Earlier in the week the beach was red flagged and no one could go in especially no boggie boards. So this was a very unusual situation and clearly God has a plan. Unfortunatly or fortunatly for Chance his day was to see the Lord. So give the family the time they need to process what has happened and there is no need to blame. The Lord does everything with purpose so how can the family question what has been preplanned? All they can do is come to grips with not seeing his physical self but know that his spirit rests in there hearts forever. God Bless Chance.
  • by A Mother Location: Carova Beach on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Abbi - we were there as well the same day that Chance was swept away. I had two boys - 9 and 15 - swimming in the same ocean, the same time. There were no red flags up that day. I saw a report from the gentleman who runs the lifeguards and he came out that morning, judged the water to be safe and did not raise the red flags. This was a terrible accident.
  • by lenni Location: chicago on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    I have been praying for this family since Friday when I received an email from a member of his family. It is such a horrific loss. I am so thankful to all of the people who were there for them to help in so many ways. I will keep praying for them. May they find peace.
  • by marie Location: nj on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    Abbi? No, there WEREN'T red flags posted. Obviously, you weren't there.
  • by Mo Location: Pgh on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    Been following these comments all weekend. Sick of all these negative slurs from people who were not at the beach that day or week! Abbi: you a an ABSOLUTE IGNORANT IDIOT for your comment! There were NO warning flags that day. There were tons of people in the water Tuesday -- on. Show some respect for this family who has suffered a sudden, terrible, & tragic loss. Let them find peace for themselves and put their son to rest without having to be victims of false criticism or judgement. Who are any of you negative people to judge this family that you don't know anyway? Know that this family is in our (my family that was on that same beach that week) prayers.
  • by AD Location: NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    The autopsy is neccessary to determine if it was a drownin or possible head/neck injury that led to his death. And there were warnings broadcast by the National Weather Service and local radio and television about the HIGH THREAT of rip currents. We feel for this family and their loss, but at the same time we know that it was a preventable loss, as all deaths caused by rip currents are. Its a good reminder to ALWAYS know the conditions before you enter the ocean at all times. We have three children nearly the same age as Chance, and we check the rip threat, winds, etc. before we go into the ocean ourselves. If there is even a MODERATE risk, its a no go...one rip current is all it takes. Signs and other information are posted all over the Outer Banks about rip currents...people need to use their heads when on vacation, both on the road and in the water. Thoughts and prayers for this family, and that this does not have to happen again along any beach.
  • by Michele Location: NJ on Sep 1, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    A correction please to the story above: I believe Chance was boogie boarding with his father and uncle, not body surfing! His leash broke off from his wrist after being hit by the wave and he never returned to the surface! Thank you...
  • by baffled Location: NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    I don't understand why they are doing an autopsy in this case. ??????
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