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Fuquay-Varina teen drowns off Outer Banks

Posted June 30, 2014

Thomas Harman (Source: Facebook)

— The body of a Fuquay-Varina teen who disappeared in the ocean off the Currituck Outer Banks over the weekend was recovered Monday morning.

Thomas Harman, 16, went missing Saturday around 4 p.m. while swimming with family members near mile post 15 in the four-wheel drive area north of Corolla, according to Currituck County Sheriff Susan Johnson.

“A group of six people were in the water and got into some type of distress,” Johnson said. “Two men on the beach helped get five of the people out but could not find him.”

Corolla Ocean Rescue, Currituck deputies, members of the Corolla and Carova Beach volunteer fire departments and private citizens spent the last two days looking for Harman.

Johnson said his body was spotted in the surf by a pair of visitors from Pennsylvania at 10:15 a.m. near Seagull Lane, not far from where Harman disappeared.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va. had posted a moderate threat of rip currents for the Currituck beaches earlier in the day.

Harman was a rising junior at Fuquay-Varina High School, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System said Monday.

This article reprinted with permission from The Outer Banks Voice.


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  • EricaSliver Jul 1, 2014

    Very sad...my uncle almost drowned in a rip current in the Outer Banks several years ago. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • kilnntime Jun 30, 2014

    One of a parents worse nightmares , a day of fun and sun turning to tragedy, prayers for the family and friends of this young man. Very sad indeed.

  • whyalltheproblems Jun 30, 2014

    so very sad to read this. many thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. how heartbreaking :((

  • Nan Toppin Jun 30, 2014
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    so sad for this family...prayers lifted.

  • barbalaton2 Jun 30, 2014

    Deepest condolences to the family. I taught him in 8th grade and he was wonderful student and a great kid.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 30, 2014

    This is any parent's worst nightmare. May God be with them.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jun 30, 2014
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    This is so terribly sad; I can't stand thinking about what this young man's family is going through. Sounds like something affected his whole group swimming; I'm glad there were people who were available to help the others.

  • babbleon Jun 30, 2014

    My deepest sympathy to the family,

  • Eq Videri Jun 30, 2014
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    Yes yes yes. You can escape a rip current -- but not by panicking and trying to swim straight back to shore against it.

    You must swim sideways until you're out of the current, then head back to shore.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 30, 2014

    Wow so sad. My condolences to his family. RIP.