NEW INFO: Surfer Drowns Off Eastern Carolina Beach

A young man who was surfing off the coast of an Eastern Carolina beach has died.

According to Surf City police Kurt Murray passed away at the New Hanover Regional Cape Fear Medical Center Sunday afternoon.

A news release says police got a call about a person in the water with a possible neck injury around 2 p.m. Sunday.

Crews tried to revive the 21-year-old Hamstead man at the scene before he was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Witnesses told police they saw Murray fall off his surfboard and never surface. Other surfers managed to pull the man from the water and bring him to shore.


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  • by mermaid one Location: surfcity on Sep 21, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    kurts daughter will always have a guardian angel
  • by oceandweller Location: surfcity on Sep 21, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    as this tremendous shock begins to wear off the family ..THE CHILD YOU AND KURT BROUGHT HAD TOGETHER will bring comfort to both you and KURTS FAMILY. god bless..
  • by E is E Location: Surf City on Sep 21, 2010 at 03:25 AM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    Brittany below is his info again I knew this family and kurt and he has been surfing for years as a young child he will be missed. Thursday at the Hampstead Chapel, 17730 Highway 17 N, Hampstead, NC 28443, 910-270-3401 at 1:00 pm followed by a service at 2:00
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Sep 20, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    Clamdigger, I'm not sure what your point is because I never said he should have been out there surfing when there was a rip current advisory. In fact, that is completely inadvisable. I was addressing my comments to the person that said we should close the beach and not allow people to swim in the ocean. That's a completely ridiculous suggestion.
  • by clamdigger Location: Morehead City on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    Audra, I agree we all start dying the day we are borned but we can do things to cut our days short. I'm glad you enjoy hiking/camping and one shouldn't stop those things and yes you may encounter an animal from time to time; however, when you encounter that animal you take caution not to entice the animal to attack. I personally enjoy fishing and go out all the time; however, I too take precautions when I go out. I have the necessary safety equipment should something happen, when NOAA tells me of small craft advisories I don't push the limit and when theirs a storm approaching I don't go out either. It's called common sense. You enjoy life, do the things you enjoy but you don't take unnecessary risks with your life. If on any day I go out and I hit something, knock a hole in the boat and it sinks, that's bad but accidents like that happen. Just like when you go camping and a bear comes in your camp area. Common sense is the best approach. People need to use it more .
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Like anyone else w/ any sense here, I'm sad for the loss but my point ("Concerned") as others have pointed out, was that you can't really live your life if you're spending all your time trying to avoid all possible danger. Birth is a death sentence, incidentally. We all die. When or where isn't even a known factor, not even when you have a disease that will most likely be the end for you. Nothing is that precise in life. We make intelligent & reasonable choices in order to have a good quality of life & not end it unnecessarily soon, but that quality of life includes being able to enjoy it w/ activities & interactions outside your 4 walls at home. I used to swim in the Pacific when I was young. I've been in a couple of rips. I've been an avid camper/hiker most of my life as well. I've had bear, cougar, & other encounters, & other risky events. You take it in stride & take the wealth of that experience home w/ you. Hiding out makes you weak. Activity gives you vibrance & a full life.
  • by Brittany Location: Surf City NC on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    RIP Kurt B. Murray. You will be dearly missed. Just wish you had met your biological daughter before passing. Now she will never know how awesome of a surfer you were. Atleast he died doing something he loved. Does anyone know when the funeral is?
  • by Clamdigger Location: Morehead City on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    Another sad ending you a young mans life. When will these kids learn that the ocean and it's waves/water are to be taken serious. Far too many times do these kids get out there for the excitement an rush only for one of them to get drowned. It's sad but we will always have these accidents as long as these kids try to push the limits of the ocean.
  • by sketchy Location: TI on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    i surfed the northside of the pier late yesterday afternoon with a friend. While very big and somewhat clean, there were still a lot of rips coming through the high tide. The waves would set up and look like they'd be makeable until you dropped in and realized it was just another closeout bomb. I got pitched and worked harder than any of the Earl swell of a couple of weeks ago. So, it's very sad to hear this news, my sympathy to his family and friends.
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