Teen surfer drowns after cord tangles

October 17, 2009 12:25:44 PM PDT
Authorities say a teen surfing on the Outer Banks has drowned after the cord connecting him to his surfboard wrapped around part of a fishing pier, trapping him underwater.Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Bob Helle told the Star-News of Wilmington that rescuers couldn't get to 15-year-old Craig Marshall for 90 minutes Friday until his surfboard broke.

Helle says there was a fast current in the area and waves up to 10 feet.

Authorities say Marshall was surfing with seven teenage friends on the Outer Banks when the current dragged him into the Avon Fishing Pier and the leash to his surfboard became tangled in the structure's pylons.

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