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Watercraft crash kills Bertie County deputy, toddler son

The Associated Press

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WINDSOR — A Bertie County deputy who spent long days at work following the savage April storms was killed along with his toddler son in a personal watercraft accident on the Cashie River, county officials said Monday.

Kenneth Cobb, 30, and his son, David, who would have been 3 years old next month, were found dead in their life jackets in the water about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in an isolated section of the river, Chief Deputy Greg Atkins said.

“It happened sometime late in the afternoon,” Atkins said. “There was a time lapse. The wife had been unconscious, but she eventually was able to make the call for help.”

Katrina Cobb was discovered by rescue workers aboard the watercraft after she placed a call from her cell phone reporting the emergency. She was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with a severe head injury, Atkins said.

There were no witnesses to the accident, but officials surmise the craft hit an obstacle in the water, ejecting the father and son — and possibly the mother, as well.

The family from Windsor was spending time together on the water Sunday, eight days after an outbreak of tornadoes and violent weather left 12 dead in Bertie County, County Manager Zee Lamb said.

“He’d been working every single day since the tornado, 15 to 20 hours a day,” Lamb said.

“He finally got some time off and went jet-skiing on the Cashie River.”

Katrina Cobb’s condition was listed as critical early Monday.