Father, son die in jet ski accident

Published 9:48 am Monday, April 25, 2011

WINDSOR – Tragedy struck Bertie County again Sunday.

Bertie County Sheriff’s Corporal Kenneth (“Kenny”) Carlton Cobb, 30, and his two-year-old son, David Robert Cobb, were killed in a jet ski accident on the Cashie River.

The accident occurred in a remote area of the Cashie River near Windsor, according to information released by Bertie County officials.

The call for help came in from Cobb’s wife, Katrina, who was also seriously injured in the accident. It was reported that all three were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

“Kenny Cobb was an outstanding deputy who was glad to help the citizens of Bertie County,” Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said. “I’ve often called Kenny a three-in-one deputy: it would take three deputies to make one Kenny Cobb. He was very good at his job and at the same time a very humble person.

“We have lost a good deputy; Bertie County has lost a good deputy,” he added. “My heart goes out to his family. They are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the North Carolina Division of the Southern States PBA are also in mourning over the tragic deaths of Deputy Cobb and his young son.

An account has been established under the Police Benevolent Foundation called the “Deputy Kenneth Cobb Memorial Fund” at Wachovia Bank.  Donations can be made at any Wachovia Bank so that the public can assist in the efforts to provide financial support to Deputy Cobb’s family.  Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation’s website at www.pbfi.org.  All donations made to this memorial fund are tax-deductible, and 100% of the funds will go to Deputy Kenny Cobb’s family.

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text for the “Deputy Kenneth Cobb Memorial Fund.” You can help by texting the phrase COPS COBB to 85944.  A $10 donation will be made through your cell phone bill.  The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Deputy Cobb’s family will need all of us to rally behind them in these hard times.

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization.