Body Found In Waters Near Missing Kite Surfer

Some closure may come soon for the family of a missing kite surfer who disappeared over the weekend. His body has likely been found.

The 44-year-old disappeared off Cape Hatteras on Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a man was recovered off Cape Lookout Wednesday evening, and the body was sent to Carteret General Hospital. There an autopsy will be performed to confirm if the body is that of the missing kite surfer.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.


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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing kite surfer on Hatteras Island.

The 44-year-old man was reported missing around 6:00 p.m. Sunday when his board and kite were located in the shoals without him.

The search for the missing man was suspended around 7:30 p.m. Monday night.


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The search is on for a kite surfer who went missing Sunday in Dare County.

The Coast Guard, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and National Park Service responders are searching for the 44-year-old kite surfer who went missing near Hatteras Island.

Dare County 911 dispatchers contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday and reported the surfer’s board and kite was located in the shoals without him.

Crews are searching with by boat and helicopter.


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  • by ward Location: nags head on Sep 26, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Sorry to hear about Charles death.My prayers go out to his family.Is it the Jackson that drove a grey toyota forunner .
  • by lad Location: east coast on Sep 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    "AJ" was a near legend among the kiting community who lived his life for this sport. He will be missed by all
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      by What??? on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:32 PM in reply to lad
      It is sad and silly that there is a "kiting community"
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        by Doug on Sep 26, 2011 at 05:32 PM in reply to What???
        "sad and silly that there is a kiting community?" That is a pretty ignorant statement. Go to youtube and search for Kitesurfing...a very challenging and extreme sport that someone like you would probably not even be able to attempt. The professionals probably get paid 10 times what you make.
  • by TODD Location: TEXAS on Sep 22, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    God Bless from Texas Charles. You were always out for the thrill! We will keep you in our prayers.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are wirh the family. thay that go down to the sea know that their skill and experience may not always be enough, but the lure of the sea still draws us, regardless.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Charles.
  • by Brian Holgate Location: Las Vegas, Nv on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    I dont understand why they gave up there search so quickly. Aj is the kinda guy that is always prepared and am sure he was wearing a wet suit and could have probably survived for a couple days. There was a guy near Florida that survived in open water for 2 and a half days. They have decreased his chances of survival by calling off the search!
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      by Really??? on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to Brian Holgate
      Who is AJ???? Is that Charles nickname or am I missing something here?
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        by Pam on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:16 AM in reply to Really???
        Yes, it's his nickname.
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      by Bob on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:02 AM in reply to Brian Holgate
      USCG suspended the search last night (Monday)around 8:30. The search lasted 21hrs. Most of that time there was a Coast Guard aircraft on scene. The CG totaled 14 sorties using H-60 helos, C-130 fixed-wing, 87ft patrol boat USCGC Cochito homeport Hampton Roads, VA, 47ft motorlifeboat from station Hatteras Inlet. USNPS Rangers and Hatteras Island Rescue conducted vehicle based shoreline searches all night Sunday thru noon Monday. In the initial effort Sunday, Hatteras Island Rescue launched 2 jetskis that searched the area just south of Cape Pt in seas running 6-8ft with occasional 10ft. The case is not closed. USNPS and Hatteras Island Rescue will continue shoreline checks. Park Service Rangers recovered a body in the Cape Lookout Natl Seashore this afternoon. Although not positively ID'd the clothing description matches and the body has a kite boarding harness. USNPS Rangers are working to get the body to the local Medical Examiner for positive I.D. Look for further confirmation from USNPS/USCG sources. He was NOT wearing a wetsuit. He was also wearing a black rash guard, no helmet, no chem-light. Diamond shoals is not the same as kiting in the open ocean. This was an intense search that went on for an appropriate amount of time.
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        by Pam on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Bob
        Thanks Bob for your details of the search for A.J. My prayers for his family & friends.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:33 PM in reply to Brian Holgate
      Maybe because taxpayers do not want to spend a fortune on this dude. He chose to be out there
  • by Crystal Coast kitesurfer on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    Charles "AJ" Jackson, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by booboo on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Does the media really find it necessary to use the phrase "went missing" when someone is missing? It is such poor grammer. I know that this became popular a few years ago with the media, but to me, it just makes them sound so uneducated. Reporters should be held to a higher standard of grammer.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to booboo
      One must remember that this is WITN's website.
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      by Really??? on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to booboo
      Is it really necessary to comment on how you feel about others use of terminology when someone is missing and possibly dead?
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        by LMH on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM in reply to Really???
        BTW, booboo, you spelled GRAMMAR incorrectly.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:47 PM in reply to booboo
      If you are going to criticize someone's "grammer", spell the word correctly! And really, this isn't the place.
  • by SB Location: North Carolina on Sep 19, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    His name is Charles Jackson from Waves. He is an experienced waterman and kiteboarder. He works at Kitty Hawk Kites in Waves.
  • by Rich Location: Delaware on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Turns out I may know him as well! My thoughts and prayers are with him no matter if it is who I know or not!
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