Ocracoke is not immune to tragedy. On Thursday, January 27, Charles Culbertson, from South Carolina, drowned while duck hunting with his friend and part-time island resident Mike Neaves. At this writing we do not know what caused the drowning. Reports indicate that he had waded out into the sound from his blind to retrieve a duck when the mishap occurred. The Village Craftsmen staff joins the rest of our island community in extending our sympathies to family and friends.