Monday, August 31, 2009

New details released in Ocean Isle Beach parasailing accident

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. | Two women who died in a parasail accident off Ocean Isle Beach Friday died of blunt trauma, not drowning, an N.C. medical examiner said this afternoon. Dr. William Kelly, regional pathologist for the N.C. Medical Examiner's office in Jacksonville, N.C., said the women may have died when they first hit the water, when they hit the parasail tow boat that was trying to rescue them or when their parasail became entangled in the Ocean Isle Beach pier. One of the women, Cynthia Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, N.C., was to be memorialized at a service today in nearby High Point, N.C., and buried Wednesday in Lenoir, N.C., her hometown.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Police officer dies in single-vessel accident near Hammocks Beach

A police officer from New York died in a single-vessel accident Saturday near Hammocks Beach.Officer Michael Nemes, 37, with the Southampton Town Police Department in New York was on vacation with his family in Onslow County, according to a press release from the Southampton Town Police Department.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Teen Drowns in Trout River; One Man Missing in Julington Creek

A 16-year-old's body was pulled from the Trout River late Sunday night, ending the search for teen who fell into the water while fishing near Main Street. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has identified the teenager as Ladre McNeal of Jacksonville. Rescue crews have also called off a separate search for a man who fell off a small boat in Julington Creek. Police say that man is 29 year old Shane Wiggins of Jacksonville.The U.S. Coast Guard and Sheriff's Office rushed to the Trout River near Main Street around 4:30 Sunday afternoon after reports the teen fell in the water trying to retrieve a bait box near rocks and never surfaced. Dive teams found McNeal's body before 10 p.m. and said the drowning is still under investigation. Around 5 p.m. another possible drowning sent teams from the Coast Guard, Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Clay County Sheriff's Office and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office to Julington Creek near the St. Johns County line. Bujeda says a man and woman were fishing in a small boat when the man fell off the boat and never came up from the water.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

One killed, 2 injured after boat strikes bridge - Jacksonville Florida Boating Accident Lawyers

FREEPORT — Recovery teams discovered the body of a missing man in Choctawhatchee Bay on Monday evening, five hours after he and two others were ejected from a boat that struck the U.S. 331 bridge.The body of Freeport resident William Andrew Moraga, 71, was found at around 6:30 p.m. about 30 yards from the crash, which also injured two others onboard — a man and a 15-year-old girl. The man identified as 73-year-old Harry Lairy Jr., and the 15-year-old is Moraga's granddaughter, Angelica Morales, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland.