In a tragic turn of events a group of friends are now distraught as a member of their group has disappeared while they were swimming on the Neuse River. The teenager went missing while swimming with friends in the Neuse River off Oriental, near where it empties into the Pamlico Sound, early Sunday.
Pamlico County 911 dispatchers were alerted around 6:30 a.m. telling the Coast Guard that three teenagers had gone out on a personal watercraft, and only two were wearing life vests. Of the group that went swimming, the boy without a life jacket began to struggle.
As one teen tried to put a life jacket on him while the other headed to the watercraft; however, the struggling teen went under the water according to the Coast Guard. He never resurfaced. The Coast Guard, Marines and Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have been searching for the boy by air and sea.
It is a sad and traumatic moment when we lose a friend or loved one after they have died suddenly. There is nothing like the contrast of having fun swimming with friends in the water and then suddenly without notice have something like this go wrong. It is with great hope that rescuers find this boy, but as time goes by the likelihood of his survival is greatly diminished.
It is crucial and highly imperative that life jackets should always be worn when boating or riding on a pleasure craft such as a jet ski. In the event that there are not enough life jackets to go around, then be the responsible party and divide the group up into teams to take turns or offer to sit out. Never ignore water safety regulations even at the threat of missing out on a good time.
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