Ocean claims life of teenager at Rudee Inlet, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A 19-year-old male was found deceased near Rudee Inlet by the Virginia Beach Marine Police after he reportedly went bodyboarding Sunday.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, an HH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Virginia Beach Marine Police conducted the search. The body was located Sunday at approximately 11:14 p.m., after a three hour search.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters, beachgoers and tourists visiting the oceanfront to exercise caution at all times, especially Labor Day weekend.

Rip currents can be killers. The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that the number of deaths due to rip currents on our nation’s beaches exceeds 100 per year. Rip currents account for over 80 percent of rescues performed.

For boaters, three-quarters of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, nearly 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket. It is the law on all federal waters, including Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, coastal waters and tributaries, to have life jackets for each person aboard. Also, children under 13 must wear an appropriate Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times, unless they are below decks or within an enclosed cabin.

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