Good Samaritan brings wind surfer’s body to shore in N.C.

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE, N.C. – A Good Samaritan found and pulled a 56-year-old wind surfer’s body to shore in the vicinity of Cape Lookout Lighthouse at about noon Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a call from the Good Samaritan at 12:15 p.m. and launched a Station Fort Macon rescue boat crew, park service personnel and Harkers Island EMS to the scene.

Park service personnel began CPR as the Coast Guard and Harkers Island EMS, with a paramedic, were enroute.

The Coast Guard crew transported Harkers Island EMS and the man’s body to an awaiting ambulance on Harker’s Island. He was pronounced dead in the ambulance and was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C.

The cause of death is unknown. The hospital is conducting next-of-kin notifications.

“It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to revive him,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Mathew Schirle, a watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “The initial coordination between the Good Samaritan, the Coast Guard and state and local personnel expedited a quick response.”

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