Coast Guard searching for 12-year-old boy off North Carolina coast

COROLLA, N.C. – The Coast Guard, Corolla fire and sheriff’s departments and Ocean Rescue have been searching for a 12-year-old boy off Corolla, since he went missing Friday morning.

The boy’s mother called 911 reporting her son was boogy boarding on the ocean side of Corolla, and she lost sight of him after he went under the water. She watched the boogy board wash ashore without her son.

Dispatchers notified Sector North Carolina watchstanders at about 10:45 a.m. The watchstanders launched a Station Oregon Inlet 47-foot rescue boat crew and an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew to search with the lifeguards.

“Currituck County along with Coast Guard stood up an incident command post in order to best organize search and rescue efforts,” Chief Petty Officer Max Stel, a watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “Coast Guard is searching with the local fire department, sheriff’s department, and ocean rescue.”

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  1. Julie says:

    Whoever this boys family is i pray for them!
    God bless them and the crews searching for this boy.

  2. samantha says:

    i am staying about half a mile up from where this traggic event happened and the coast guard has been up and down the coast for hrs now searching.
    it is a horribe feeling to know i was swimming in the same water a little boy died in just hrs before.
    my prayers are with him and the family.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Wow I know how terrrible. I’m here in Corolla right now, we’ve been watching the Coast Guard helicopters fly up and down the beach all day. And we didn’t realize what had happened until later. We’re all feeling for the poor boy’s family :( That’s so sad

  4. Bob says:

    I feel for the family of this 12 year old. It is a tragedy to lose someone, especially a child under such circumstances. I remember a similar case last year about this time of another 12 year old who was miraculously found after his father took him to Ponce Inlet in Florida during similar conditions. But I have to ask why parents allow their children in the water under such dangerous conditions? The warnings are there for a reason. Use some sense, people! That incident occured at nignt, which was even more incredibly stupid.

  5. Lindsey says:

    My husband was on the Coast Guard boat looking for the boy from 11am until after 8pm, it is a horrible tragedy and the Coast Guard men were very sorry that the remains of this young boy weren’t found. Prayers to the family for their loss.

  6. Jeanette says:

    God bless your husband and the other guards on duty. We were there yesterday watching and pryaing all the while that the boy would be returned safely. He and his family are in our prayers. I think it would be nice if others would only post comments in sympathy.

  7. teresa says:

    i was in corolla when it happened,im so sorry for the family.our prayers are with the family.when i learned what happened i had to leave the beach in tears and left to go home.i wish i could have stayed and prayers are with the family,may god be with you…

  8. Joanne says:

    My family was also in Corolla when this happened and we all feel so sad for this boy and his family. I can’t stop thinking about this my prayers are with this family.

  9. Lorraine says:

    This is in response to Bob’s comment. I too was on the beach in Corolla when this happened. I questioned the sheriff about the circumstances. The boy was in knee to mid-thigh deep water with his father and another adult man at 10:30 IN THE MORNING. There were no warnings or red flags posted that day. The water appeared to be safe. This family did everything right and tragedy still happened.

  10. Debbie says:

    We just left Corolla yesterday morning. We also saw the helicopters flying overhead all day on Friday. My children who are much older (21 & 25) went into the water later that day, without me knowing and once I found out, they were told to get out immediately. Their reply was stop worrying. Well that’s what we do and see what can happen. I had seen the warnings on my iTouch Friday morning, but my concern is that there weren’t any red flags put out along the beach, knowing of the alert and pending storm. Why?

    I am truly sorry for the families loss. I pray that their little one is found.

    My daughter called me on our ride home, to tell me what happened. Now she knows why I worry. To the Coast Guard – you have a very tough job to do…..

    May God be with you all…..

  11. James R Smith says:

    I was at Corolla with my children and grandchildren that day. I felt so bad for the family of the little boy. I have found myself waking up at night and praying for that family. It was such a tragedy.

  12. shoula lucenio says:

    our prayers for him……

  13. Vincenzo says:

    I Pray For The Family Considering I Knew The Boy From School And I Wish The Family The Very Best God Bless all of them

  14. David Ryan says:

    I also was there to and saw the choppers, I love boogy boarding and I am 38 years old. I feel for the family and especially for the little guy, he must have been terrified. We all need to respect the ocean and what those lifeguards tell us, 10,000 of us cant stop the ocean its to powerful. God bless you little guy we are all thinking of you.