Search underway for missing swimmer from New Jersey in Currituck Sound

[photo courtesy N.C. Wildlife Commission]

Multiple agencies were conducting a search Labor Day afternoon of the Currituck Sound north of the Wright Memorial Bridge for a missing swimmer.

Currituck County Emergency Communications received a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. about a man that had jumped off of a rented pontoon boat to swim, according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Sgt. John Beardsley.

“He began to struggle in the water and his friends threw him a life jacket. Unable to reach the life jacket, he then fell below the water’s surface,” Beardsley said.

N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement officers were first on the scene and initiated a search, and were joined by deputies from the Currituck county Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dare Medflight has also been taking part in the search according to eyewitnesses, that has been concentrated in the Currituck Sound between Duck and the north end of Martins Point.

Beardsley said the man has been identified as being from India who works and resides in New Jersey.

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