5-year-old dies after being struck by lightning at Carova Beach

By on July 31, 2016

A storm was developing just inland at the time of the incident. (Wundermap)

A 5-year-old boy from the Philadelphia-area died after being struck by lightning Sunday afternoon on the beach in the four-wheel drive area of the Currituck Outer Banks.

EMS crews responded to the oceanfront area near milepost 18 of Carova Beach south of the Wash Woods area around 4:11 p.m.

The child was transported by Carova Beach EMS via ground across the state line into Virginia Beach. Air ambulance units in the region were unavailable due to severe weather conditions.

He was then transferred to a Virginia Beach Rescue Squad unit and taken to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

Currituck EMS Chief Chip Melton said the child, who was with family visiting from out of the area, was pronounced dead around 6 p.m.




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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