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Body of missing swimmer found; rip current threat remains high

Ocracoke Day Use Area. Swimmers on Ocracoke are cautioned about the high threat of rip currents now. Feel free to talk to the lifeguards at the Day Use Area about rip currents and swim there, too. Photo: C. Leinbach

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This article has been updated.

The body of a missing 30-year-old man from Lewisburg, Pa., was found off Corolla Beach about 12:45 a.m. Friday, the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington has reported.

A Currituck County deputy sheriff found the body of Thaddeus A. Davis, 30, at 12:45 a.m. Friday.

Red color indicates the surf is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.

Davis had been swimming with his 10-year-old son Thursday off Corolla Beach when his wife, Amy, and a friend saw him go under the water and not resurface at about 12:45 p.m.

Officials say the pair apparently was caught in a riptide. A lifeguard was able to rescue the boy, but Davis went under the surface and did not reappear.

The Coast Guard initiated a search after they were notified at 2 p.m. and sent two search-and-rescue helicopters, along with Corolla Ocean Rescue, Corolla Volunteer Fire Department, Currituck County Fire and EMS, as well as the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Corolla Beach Rescue Life Guard Service had reported rip currents in the area at that time Davis disappeared and his death is being ruled as an accidental drowning.

Davis was an annual fund development officer for the Bucknell University and a football coach, according to PennLive.

The National Weather Service reports that the surf on the Outer Banks down to Surf City remains dangerous for all levels of swimmers. Swimmers are cautioned to heed the advice of the local beach patrol and flag warning systems.  To view the NWS riptide threat webpage, click here.

To read more about avoiding rip currents, click here.