Coast Guard suspends search for 12-year-old boy

COROLLA, N.C. – The Coast Guard suspended their search at 8:56 p.m. Friday, for the 12-year-old boy who went missing off Corolla beach while boogy boarding Friday morning.

Coast Guard crews, Corolla fire and sheriffs departments, and lifeguards searched all day and into the evening for the boy. The Coast Guard used two MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crews from Air Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet.

“This is a tragedy. The child and family will remain in our thoughts,” said Petty Officer 1st class Thomas Quigley, a Sector North Carolina watchstander. “The Coast Guard is urging people to stay out of the water until tropical storm Danny passes and the rip currents subside.”

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2 Comments

  1. Sharman says:

    Can you give me the name or where I can send a card/note to the family who lost their 12 yr old boy in Corolla on Fri Aug 28th? We were there when it happened at the beaches in Duck, NC and I have an 11 yr old son and I wanted to send them our deepest condolences.

  2. john smith says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the boys family in their time of sorrow.
    The local reports were the boy’s mother reported he threw his arms up in the air and then disappeared into the surf. He was riding waves on the outer sand bar which usually drops steaply off to deeper waters. I was just up the coast and riding those waves which were at most 4-5 feet with some undertow. I find it odd that he would have thrown his arms up while riding a boogie board. What is not widely known is there are a number of sharks routinely seen off the beaches, including tigers, hammerheads, a few great whites, and blues. Since no trace of the boy has been found, it raises the question of why and if a big shark took him. A boy on a boogie boaard would look like a seal to most sharks, an issue that relates to West Coast attacks on surfers. I doubt anyone wants to consider the idea of a shark attack, but it must be considered.