Currituck personnel rescue teen after Jet Ski stalls


From staff reports

Sunday, May 20, 2018

COROLLA — Currituck emergency services personnel rescued a teenager from the Currituck Sound on Saturday after his Jet Ski lost power offshore.

According to a press release, Currituck emergency crews were dispatched about 6:49 p.m. after learning about an overdue Jet Skier. The person had departed the Whalehead Club about an hour earlier for his home in Moyock but he never showed up.    

Corolla Beach Rescue deployed a Jet Ski and Corolla Volunteer Fire and Rescue deployed a skiff, staffed by Currituck Fire-EMS and Corolla Beach Rescue personnel, to look for the missing watercraft.

The skiff located the Jet Skier, an 18-year-old, at 7:25 p.m. He was standing chest-deep in the sound a half-mile west of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. He told emergency personnel his Jet Ski lost power about three miles offshore. After failing to restart the watercraft, he started swimming back toward the Whalehead Club.

After the teen was safely returned to shore, he was evaluated by Currituck Fire-EMS personnel before a Currituck sheriff’s deputy took him home.

Mike Hudson, chief operator for Corolla Beach Rescue, urged small-craft operators to constantly monitor the changing weather conditions in the Currituck Sound.

“When you operate a small craft, make sure you have a clear communications plan with someone onshore; and make sure they call for assistance early if you don’t arrive at the expected time,” he said.