By MADDY VITALE
A kite surfer missing since Thanksgiving evening off Ocean City was found safe.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Ocean City Police Department conducted a search in Corson Inlet for the kite surfer, who was reported missing late in the afternoon Thursday.
On Friday, authorities released the best news possible.
“The surfer was located with help of U.S.C.G., O.C.P.D., local kite surfing community and social media,” explained Ocean City Police Lt. Pat Randles. “The surfer was visiting from out of state, experienced technical difficulties, cut the kite, paddled into safety and was unaware of search efforts.”
Randles said police would not have anything further to release. The kite surfer’s name and hometown were not released.
Thanks went out to the Coast Guard in a post on the Ocean City Police Facebook page.
“A special thank you to the U.S.C.G. for all the efforts. Legit heroes always willing to suit up and help. Thanks also to all of our social media peeps for spreading the word and assisting in the social media search!”
The Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City watchstanders received a call Thursday from 911 notifying them of a kite surfer reportedly wearing all black seen drifting out to sea after falling off a kiteboard approximately 500 yards off Corson Inlet at around 3:20 p.m.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 45-foot response boat crew for the search.