One person rescued, another dead after glider malfunctions, goes into ocean off Southern Shores

Published 6:25 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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One person was rescued and another has died after an ultra-light glider landed in the ocean off Southern Shores.

According to a press release from the Town of Southern Shores, at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, September 21, 2022, the glider, which was carrying two passengers, malfunctioned and landedintheoceannear the 100 block ofOceanBlvd.

The town reported in their initial release that one individual was rescued and safely brought to shore. An active search took place for the second individual by the Coast Guard, Southern Shores Fire and Southern Shores Ocean Rescue, Duck Fire and Rescue and two of the beach nourishment survey boats.

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In an update from the town mid-afternoon Wednesday, it was reported that the body of the second person was recovered.

“The Town of Southern Shores would like to thank all individuals and agencies involved in the rescue, search, and recovery effort; TI Coastal (survey boat), Kill Devil Hills Surf Rescue, the Coast Guard, Southern Shores Fire, Southern Shores Ocean Rescue, Southern Shores Police, and Duck Fire and Rescue,” stated the release.

Names are being released at this time.