Man dies after removal from dangerous surf

By on September 23, 2020

(Currituck County EMS)

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


  • Kim

    I was on the beach and the girl did not make it out on her own. Thankfully a guard arrived and was able to get to her and help her out. Prayers for the family.

    Wednesday, Sep 23 @ 12:49 pm
  • hightider

    Over the past few years, there have been numerous cases where a middle age or older man died from cardiac arrest while trying to save a loved one in rough water. The surviving family member suffers additionally from guilt. Please, if the red flag is flying, stick to the swimming pool. Bad enough to encounter a problem in Duck or Nags Head, but depending where you are – paved Corolla or 4×4 Corolla, you are in a pretty remote area.

    Wednesday, Sep 23 @ 4:55 pm
  • Lou Briccant

    Wow hightider… which one is it? On another recent post you advocated for taking down the red flags in the hopes it got rid of some of the tourists by drowning… one dies and suddenly you’re the voice of reason… which is it?

    Wednesday, Sep 23 @ 9:48 pm
  • Scott

    Apparently the red flags mean absolutely nothing, or do not apply to those who pay exorbitant rates for a vacation home rental.

    Thursday, Sep 24 @ 7:04 am