Teen found dead after vanishing in surf at NC Outer Banks

Jimmy Bittner in Facebook photo.
Jimmy Bittner in Facebook photo.

WAVES, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) — The body a 17-year-old boy who was pulled into the ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore was found Sunday night near Avon Fishing Pier.

Park officials say a 16 and 17-year-old boy were pulled into the water on Thursday afternoon. The 16-year-old was able to return to the beach and was taken to the hospital.

Two teens were likely swept into the ocean by a large breaking wave, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Chief Ranger Boone Vandzura said.

Officials say crews from the National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to search for the 17-year-old.

The boy who died was identified as Jimmy Bittner of Elizabeth, Indiana, according to WDRB-TV.

Bittner was visiting the Outer Banks and was a junior at South Central Junior-Senior High School at Elizabeth in Harrison County, Indiana, according to the TV station.

A visitor around 9:50 p.m. Sunday reported finding Bittner’s body 20 yards near the Avon Fishing Pier.

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said, “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this most difficult time.”

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