Bodyboarder Missing Off Carolina Coast

A bodyboarder was knocked over by a large wave and did not resurface off Holden Beach Friday, just south of Wilmington.

The Coast Guard, Holden Beach Police Department, and Tri Beach Water Rescue have been searching for the individual.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston, S.C., searched for the man and was relieved by a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City. A 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Oak Island is also searching off the beach.

The search has been suspended pending any further information.


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  • by Judy Location: Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    Thank you people of Holden Beach for making us feel welcome..We were there at this time period..surf was heavier than usual, but using common sense we did not go in the water. However, a life has been loss, may God give this family peace that only comes from above. Our prayers are with this family.
  • by Jack Location: VA on Aug 30, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    This is similar to the latest horrible event - a 12 YO boy drowned this past Friday (28th of August). In both cases, there were no warnings posted anywhere. I wonder if OBX needs to overhaul their beach warning system. Did they ever find this person's body?
  • by Kim Location: Holden Beach 08/22/09 on Aug 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this person. We arrived in the 700 block of Holden Beach on 08/22/09. I was unaware of this incident; however, we were advised by media coverage as early as 08/20/09 that we were to stay out of the ocean becaus of the riptides. Whether it was smart or not to go into the water is a mute point at this time for the swimmer; however, it is an important lesson to all of us...God Bless the family.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    I was there the day this happened. My family and I were in the water. We were in the 300 block. No one was ever told that day to stay out of the water. You people need to be nice. A life was lost and a family will never be the same.
  • by Alan Location: Was at Holden on Aug 26, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    We rented in the 200 block of Ocean Blvd. East @ Holden Beach and were there the day the body surfer went missing on Aug. 21. It happened about 6 houses away from us and the CG boats and choppers searched for hours. The surf and rip tides were very strong that day and we made sure that all in our group stayed in the first set of breakers and not beyond. very sad about that body surfer and I thought about him and his family all the way home - what a terrible way to end a vacation. I wonder why they never found him? And by the way, there are no lifeguards there to tell you to stay out of the water - use your own judgement and swim at your own risk. There is public access provided to the beach, but no lifeguards.
  • by Vacationer Location: Holden Beach on Aug 24, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Did they find the missing person? We were swimming at the 800 block CAMA and saw the Coast Guard searching. We thought it was just pre-hurricane practice and recon. The surf was bigger than usual, but quite manageable in the first 100 feet or so at low tide. The second set of breakers about 100 yards out where the surfers were playing was a bit pushy. We did see a confused sea turtle in the water about 50 feet out from the beach. Its shell was about 18 inches across. It tumbled in with the waves, got its bearings, and swam back out. The day before caught two stingrays about 2 feet across that seemed equally confused in the surf when released and a 40 inch sandbar shark. When they crested, the waves at high tide on Friday night were hitting the underside of the pier at the height transition.
  • by Ed Location: No longer at Holden beach on Aug 23, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    I now see where they stated "man". Crappy web page layout. Have to expand just to see a small paragraph. Any way....I was at the 1100 block of Ocean Blvd. Big surf, but not deadly surf.
  • by Ed Location: Was At Holden Beach on Aug 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    First off....where does it say this was a man? I read "bodyboarder". Why the assumptions. Second, why call someone an "idiot"? I was swimming that day and had no problems at all. I saw the helicopters searching all afternoon. Third, who is telling who to stay out of the water? There are no lifeguards around there. None. Nobody told me to not swim. I use my own judgment. I've been swimming in the Atlantic Ocean for 40 years now. It's my call. I found nothing dangerous about the conditions other than the need to pay attention to what was going on around me. Great body-surfing waves. I look forward to an update on this story. Seems odd that there's no more news. Is there a missing person report? Anything? Hopefully everybody is accounted for and safe.
  • by THEY Location: Theyville on Aug 22, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    I agree. Hats off to the life guards. No one should be angry at them for for trying to prevent loss of life. Plenty of beaches to go to without lifeguards if you don't want to follow rules.
  • by just another idiot who swam in your ocean yesterday Location: 900 block ocean blvd w on Aug 22, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    There was 12 of us at Holden Beach the day of this incident and noone in our group was told not to enter the water. We watched the weather that morning and nothing was mentioned then either to stay out of the ocean. It was the last day of our vacation and it was no more rough at noon on fri than any other day of the week. Have some sympathy for a life lost. If it wasn't for us "stupid idiots" vacationing at your beaches you'd be broke!!
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