U.S. Coast Guard

OCEAN CITY – Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard spent Thanksgiving evening searching for a missing kite surfer near Ocean City.

Coast Guard Station Atlantic City received a 911 call notifying them of a kite surfer, reportedly wearing all black, was seen drifting out to sea after falling off a kiteboard approximately 500-yards off Corson Inlet at around 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. The location is near the 5700-block of the Ocean City beach.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, a Station Atlantic City 47-foot motor lifeboat crew, and a Station Cape May 45-foot response boat-medium crew to search for the missing person.

According to Ocean City Police Department, a black and white Ocean Rodeo Cypher 10 kite was located in the water but the board and individual were not found.

The OCPD has not received any missing persons reports from family or friends and no property or vehicles were found on the beach in the area.

Police are hoping the individual may have safely returned to shore after separating from the kite and before first responders arrived at the scene. Police want the individual to contact the police to let them know they are safe.

Nevertheless, the investigation continues.

If you, or anyone you know, were kite surfing in the area or near Corson’s Inlet, is asked to contact the U.S Coast Guard Delaware Bay command center at 215-271-4960 or call the OCPD at 609-399-9111.


Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.