WRAL anchor Jeff Hogan was injured in a body-surfing accident in Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast this weekend.
According to a news report from WRAL, the anchor had to be rescued and is “pretty banged up” but that “the prognosis is good.”
A video posted to the WRAL Facebook page shows Hogan in a hospital bed with a bruised face, bandaged head and neck brace, and Hogan is telling viewers that he’ll be off the air for a little while.
“Banged up my head, hurt my neck, but I’m getting great care here and looking forward to returning to the Triangle very soon,” he said.
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According to WRAL, Hogan’s family was spending time at Wrightsville Beach with the family of Brad Johansen, who joined WRAL in April. Johansen said that a wave slammed Hogan face-down into a sandbar on Saturday, July 28. Hogan never lost consciousness but he could not move. Hogan’s daughter pulled him out of the water enough so that he could breathe, and then others helped pull him from the surf.
Johansen said that ocean conditions at Wrightsville on Saturday were rough and that lifeguards were flying red flags, which warn swimmers of high surf and strong currents. But Johansen said lifeguards had not whistled swimmers out of the water.
To date, there have been 12 deaths reported at North Carolina beaches this year due to rough ocean conditions. The riptides off the NC coast have been called “drowning machines.”
The WRAL report did not give details about the extent of Hogan’s injuries, but said he was able to take a few steps on Monday. Hogan said in his Facebook video on Sunday that he would return to the Triangle to continue his medical care closer to home.
Hogan started at WRAL in January and is the morning and noon co-anchor, replacing Bill Leslie, who retired in June.