Jet skier rescued after losing power in the Currituck Sound

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CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A jet skier was rescued after losing power to his vessel in the Currituck Sound Saturday evening. 

Currituck County Fire and EMS officials say their crews were dispatched around 6:50 p.m. for the incident. 

The 18-year-old was riding a jet ski in the sound when he lost power. He attempted to restart the jet ski and was unsuccessful, so he decided to abandon the jet ski and swim toward the Whalehead Club on shore. 

Rescuers in a skiff found the teen standing chest-deep in the sound about a half a mile west of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse a little over 30 minutes later. 

He was brought safely to shore and after being evaluated by emergency personnel, he was taken back to his home in Moyock, officials say. 

Chief Operator for Corolla Beach Rescue Mike Hudson says people who are taking out small vessels like a jet ski should keep an eye on the weather conditions and have a clear communications plan with someone on shore. 

Corolla Volunteer Fire and Resuce, Corolla Beach Rescue and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department assisted with this rescue. 

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