NC Teen Dies After Surfboard Cord Wraps Around Pier On OBX

Authorities say a teen surfing on the Outer Banks has drowned after the cord connecting him to his surfboard wrapped around part of a fishing pier, trapping him underwater.

Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Bob Helle told the Star-News of Wilmington that rescuers couldn't get to 15-year-old Craig Marshall for 90 minutes Friday until his surfboard broke.

Helle says there was a fast current in the area and waves up to 10
feet.

Authorities say Marshall was surfing with seven teenage friends on the Outer Banks when the current dragged him into the Avon Fishing Pier and the leash to his surfboard became tangled in the structure's pylons


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  • by Madison Hatch Location: Topsail Beach, N.C. on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    I was Craig's best friend and I was on the trip with him. I paddled out with all the guys on the trip. We truly were not aware of a pier fishing rule, we just in the OBX for a fun time at a christian surfers campout. One moment I walked down the beach with criag and the next I watched as paramedics dragged him up on the beach. But i know it was all in God's plan. Craig, my best friend is in a better place now, I know he is. SO thank you for all the nice comments, and for some of the inconsiderate ones, and I guess I'll just leave you with that. Thank you for the prayers. CM Jeremiah 29:11 -Madison Hatch-
  • by lauren Location: kill devil hills, NC on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    i surf and surfing is my passion and im sure it was his too, its really sad to hear about this
  • by Gus on Nov 2, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Anyway, it's a long story. But the reason I am here, is I did a google search about this because I was hoping to find an email or a way to contact the parents or a friend of this kid. I wanted to offer my condolences & let them know that if they have any questions that they want answered about what happened that day I could tell them what I know & help fill in the blanks. If that is what they want anyway. I have no idea if I would want to know more details or just not care about details if I were in their shoes. But anyway, does anyone know how to contact any of them?
  • by gus Location: asheville NC on Nov 2, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    I happened to be there the day of the trajedy. And yes there were a few morons that left their lines out. But for the most part everyone near where the kid was hung up stopped fishing & was searching for the boy. Sadly it was I'd say an hour before his foot came up high enough to spot in the water. There was alot of confusion going on during the whole episode. At first there were 2 kids on the beach & they didn't know if they were missing anyone 'cause they couldn't see who was still out in the line-up. I would say 20 minutes must have gone by before I ran to the end of the pier to yell @ the other kids & tell them to get in because we thought someone was missing. I'm afraid he was already gone @ that point. We were all hoping that he had been been washed down & rode the rip current a mile down the beach & was hopefully walking back. We eventually spotted the 1/2 surfboard wrapped around the pier piling, but thought if he was on the leash the current would surely bring him up to surface
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    My condolences go out to the family of the young man killed at OBX at Avon Pier. I was down over last week and the waves and current looked really rough. I think anyone who saw the waves that day, whether from the pier or beach, would agree the current was extremely strong. I, myself, don't see how anyone could fish much less catch anything. As far as anyone having to stop fishing because someone spent MONEY to fish (is it $8.00-$10.00 plus bait? Wow!Did that break you?) in the middle of an emergency, well I think we all see who the moron truly is.
  • by SO Tragic!! on Oct 18, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    My brother surfs every day at Carolina Beach, has been to Costa Rica and Cali for the waves. This individual OBVIOUSLY knew what he was doing if he was surfing 10 ft waves. An ACCIDENT has occured. I jokingly tell my brother not to get bit by a shark..... there are risks in ANYTHING we do, unless we live in a bunker and never come out! The MAN (even at 15 yrs old) died doing what he loved, not many can have that type of ending. My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to family and friends. And to the fishermen who didn't even bother to stop fishing: watch out, cause Karma is a .....What comes around, goes around. Treat others as they would have them treat you. At least the surfer wasn't hurting anyone/thing like the fishermen. Lines being left, tiny fish being killed to say "I caught a fish"... Disgusting!
  • by Jim on Oct 17, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    as a surfer i hate this but as a fisherman, he probably should've made a better choice, there is LOTS of open beach at OBX to surf. mr check your facts, how do you know all of these things that are not reported here, your ESP is very strong, you should be a mind reader. This is sad and unfortunate, but also as a paramedic I am going to venture a guess and say, easily preventable.
  • by J Location: Jacksonville on Oct 17, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    i don't understand this. the cord that attaches to your foot is easy to get off, how come they couldn't take it off and how come the kid couldn't take it off? This is a tragic story and I really feel for his family. My condolences .
  • by check your facts Location: salvo, NC on Oct 17, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    pete, if you were there maybe you would have a slight idea of what you are talking about...but you weren't. the fact is there was an extremely strong current going down the beach and carrying anything in it's path with it. it is a time for condolences pete, not monday morning quaterbacking. and speaking of having no regard i would be ashamed to admit i was any of the fisherman on the pier that day.they didn't even have the decency to pull their lines out while rescue attempts were being made. keep in mind this is the same pier where fisherman routinely cast 6 ounce weights at surfers heads who venture to close.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    To Pete. Really think this is time to complain about someone not having a 'good' fishing experience?! Someones child is DEAD you self centered terd.
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