By Outer Banks Voice on September 23, 2020
At 3:15 on Sept. 22, the Currituck County Communications Center received a 911 call that two swimmers were in distress in the ocean along the Currituck Outer Banks. A 48- year-old-man visiting the Currituck Outer Banks went into life-threatening surf to rescue his daughter and himself was overcome by the waves.
Within three minutes, lifeguards from Corolla Beach Rescue arrived, located the man and removed him from the water in cardiac arrest. Firefighter/Paramedics from Currituck County Fire and EMS and members of Corolla Fire Rescue provided Advanced Life Support care almost immediately after the man’s rescue and he regained a pulse. He was flown by Nightingale Air Ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General in critical condition. Sadly, Currituck EMS learned on the morning of Sept. 23 that the man had passed away.
The daughter was found safe on the beach and had been able to exit the water before lifeguards arrived.
Corolla Beach Rescue Lifeguards, Currituck County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Currituck County Firefighters have been advising beachgoers to stay out of the dangerous surf that is forecast to continue for several days. Red flags that advise no swimming have been flying as Hurricane Teddy passes off the Atlantic Coast. Visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks are encouraged to check surf conditions before visiting the beach by going to the Currituck County Government Facebook page, by following on Twitter @CurrituckGov, or checking the National Weather Service Beach Forecast Page at www.weather.gov/beach/