Teens rescued after boat capsizes in Currituck Sound

By on November 18, 2020

(NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

This morning, at approximately 5:30 a.m., three juveniles ranging in ages from 16-18 left out of Poplar Branch Boating Access Area to duck hunt in the Currituck Sound. Not from the immediate area, the three boys were in a 14-foot Aluminum Jon Boat and ill prepared for the strong winds and rough waters.

Once they were underway and approximately a half mile from the boat ramp, they decided it was too rough and attempted to return to shore. Their boat began taking water over the stern (back) and capsized, turning over and spilling the boys and their gear into the water. No one was wearing a lifejacket and the boys clung to the boat for safety. One of them contacted Currituck 911 from his cell phone.

Currituck Fire Station 5 responded with their skiff and was able to rescue the boys from the water. Currituck County EMS was on scene and provided treatment. Currituck County Sherriff Deputies and NC Wildlife responded as well.  NC Wildlife is conducting an investigation into the causes of the incident.

We would like to remind hunters and all boaters to check the weather and plan accordingly before leaving the boat ramp.  Adding decoys and other hunting gear effects the performance of your vessel and as always WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET!


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  • hightider

    No one was wearing a life jacket. Evidentally no one knew what hypothermia meant either.

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 9:28 am
  • Seal

    Somebody Please tell me they were not from around here !!!!

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 8:32 am
  • kdh back seat observer

    didnt say if they were wearing masks either

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 8:55 am
  • hightider

    I suppose the upside is that these geniuses have their guns at the bottom of the Currituck Sound. They don’t sound smart enough to be allowed the use of dad’s guns and that probably won’t be a problem in the future.

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 6:26 am
  • Scooter

    A good result, thank God. Where were the parents or guardians? The days are long gone when juvenile boys are prepared to go out on open water and hunt or fish by themselves. Those skill sets and respect for outdoor nature safety precautions are not inherently taught any longer. The boys have to figure it all out on their own, and this is often the unfortunate result. Nature will usually win. A tough, but valuable lesson for the boys today. God Bless.

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 6:48 am
  • Sandflea

    Well, I guess we have Darwin Award winners for those who actually survived.

    Sunday, Nov 22 @ 8:44 am