Teen dies after being rescued Tuesday night from Emerald Isle surf

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A 16-year-old boy who was pulled from the surf Tuesday night in Emerald Isle has died.

Police say Tesean Scott of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was visiting the beach on a church retreat. Another 13-year-old with the group was rescued by people on the beach.

Police say the water was rough, and witnesses say the two were hit by a large wave and were carried out by the rip current.

Duncan Harris, a Marine reservist from Peoria, Illinois, told WITN his family is on vacation in Emerald Isle. He says his sister heard screams on the beach. Harris says from the deck of the house, he saw at least one person in the water, between 100 and 150 yards out in the surf. That's when he and Pete Pontzer from Fairfax, Virginia, ran into the water.

The two pulled a teen back to the beach, and Harris says they were told there was another boy out there. At that point, rescue boats arrived to help the still struggling teen.

Rescue crews from the town launched a jet ski and found Scott about 25 minutes later, some 40-50 yards offshore.

The Marine Corps rescue helicopter Pedro landed right on the beach to transport Scott from the water to Vidant Medical Center.

Police say paramedics were able to revive the teen, but he later died at Vidant.

Central High School says Scott was a student at the Cape Girardeau school.


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A Marine reservist from Illinois says he helped rescue one of two teens who were struggling in the surf off Emerald Isle Tuesday night.

Duncan Harris of Peoria, Illinois spoke to WITN's Heather King on WITN News at Sunrise Wednesday. Harris says his family is on vacation in Emerald Isle. Tuesday night, he says his sister heard screams on the beach. Harris says from the deck of the house, he saw at least one person in the water, between 100 and 150 yards out in the surf. That's when he and another man he doesn't know ran into the water.

The two pulled a teen back to the beach, and Harris says they were told there was another boy out there. At that point, rescue boats arrived to help the still struggling teen.

When asked about the teen who was in the water for the longer period of time, Harris said, "He didn't seem to be in too good of condition. I know they began to, you know, stabilize his breathing and, you know, try to pump water out."

The Marine Corps rescue helicopter Pedro landed right on the beach to transport the second teen pulled from the water to the hospital. Authorities have not released the teen's name or how he's doing. Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said Tuesday night, "We all hope and pray he will be okay."

Rush said the victim transported by Pedro is a 16-year-old boy who was visiting Emerald Isle. Rush expected to release more information about what happened on Wednesday.

Following the water rescue, Harris says he ended up spending a few hours in the hospital overnight. He started experiencing shallow breathing and vomited, and officials think he may have swallowed too much seawater as he carried out the rescue. By Wednesday morning, Harris was out of the hospital and able to talk about his daring actions.



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Dramatic moments on the beach in Emerald Isle Tuesday evening as Marine Corps rescue helicopter Pedro rescued a teenager.

A viewer sent us video of the helicopter over the water and then landing on the beach.

Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush tells us a 16-year-old male visiting Emerald Isle was rescued from the surf in the 7,000 block and transported via Pedro.

Rush says, "We all hope and pray he will be okay. We will provide additional information as soon as possible, likely tomorrow."

Emerald Isle rescuers were also in the water searching for the teen.

Pedro is based out of Cherry Point and is part of Marine Transport Squadron One.

A witness, Rich Reardin, says there were actually two kids pulled from the water.

He says they heard screaming right in front of his house on the beach in Emerald Isle.

Reardin says his nephew, a Camp LeJeune Marine, "saved one of the kids and helped with the rescue of the second one."

Reardin says his nephew ended up at the hospital after swallowing a lot of seawater.

We'll keep you updated as we get more detail about this.