The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad (HIRS) was
dispatched to locate a missing windsurfer in the Pamlico Sound on
Monday evening, November 26, near the Haulover / Canadian Hole area in
between Avon and Buxton.
The call from a concerned family member came in
at 4:30 p.m., and National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers also
responded to the incident.
The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad skiff was
launched, and the responders located the windsurfer in the sound,
approximately one mile from shore.
“He had problems with his equipment and had to
disconnect from his sail, and then he had to paddle back to shore on
his board,” said HIRS Chief Jack Scarborough. “He said he had been
paddling for two hours when we found him.”
Per Chief Scarborough, the sun had just set when
the skiff was dispatched, and fog had started to settle in, but the man
was located and rescued before it became dark. The windsurfer was then
returned to his family at the soundside Haulover beach. Dare County
EMTs responded to the incident, but were not needed, as there were no