Deputy Supervisor's Daughter in ICU after Accident in Surf

Doris Quigley reportedly broke her neck after diving into the ocean on Wednesday.

The teenaged daughter of East Hampton Town Deputy Supervisor Theresa Quigley is currently in intensive care after an accident in the ocean surf in Amagansett on Wednesday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Wilkinson confirmed on Thursday.

Wilkinson said that Doris Quigley, a 17-year-old town lifeguard, may have hit a sandbar at and broke her neck. She was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

She underwent a three-hour surgery on Wednesday evening, Wilkinson said.

"It's just tragic. Hopefully, the fracture in the back will not lead to other complications," he said, as he drove to Stony Brook University Medical Center to be with the Quigley family.

Doris was taking a dip with friends before going off duty, according to John Ryan Jr., the chief lifeguard, who said two friends and a fellow lifeguard pulled her out of the surf. "There's a lot of unknown really," he said of what happened when she dove in.

He rushed down there after the accident was reported. "All I kept thinking was what the hell is that lifeguard doing laying down on the backboard," he said. Then reality sunk in. He said in his 30 years as a lifeguard, he can't remember a lifeguard getting this badly hurt.

Ryan met with the lifeguards, many of whom are the same age and are friends with Doris, to help them deal with the gravity of what happened, he said. After a rescue call, he said, lifeguards usually are able to put the incident behind them because there's no personal connection to the victim. "That didn't happen yesterday, when you close that door, you still can't breathe," he said.

Wilkinson attended the meeting. "The reality is that everyone of us has dove into the ocean and scraped our faces or our chest on a sandbar at one time or another. Thank God there were doctors on the beaches. Thank God the lifeguards were there. Thank God she herself is a lifeguard," he said. "Thank God she's young, she's strong."

Her mother, an attorney who is serving her third year in a four year term as a councilwoman, and father are at the hospital, surrounded by their family, Wilkinson said.

Ryan asked that the community pray for Quigley and keep her in their thoughts.

Please join East Hampton Patch in offering Doris Quigley well-wishes for a speedy recovery.

A correction was made to the article. Supervisor Bill Wilkinson reported to Patch later on Thursday afternoon that the surgery had actually been three hours, as opposed to two.

Pat Patterson August 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
Shrinkgirl August 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Much love and prayers to your family.
The Rev. Steven Howarth August 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
My prayers are with Doris and her family.
Catherine M. Casey August 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quigley family. We wish Doris a quick and complete recovery. My daughter is also an ocean guard and I am so grateful to the Town's exceptional lifeguard program, in particular to the Ryan family and the Ocean Rescue volunteers that have made East Hampton beaches among the best guarded. I believe Doris was in good hands at the scene and is now in good hands in Stony Brook.
Nanci e. LaGarenne August 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
sending healing to your daughter, Teresa. We are mothers first. so hard to see our babies hurt. and they are always closest to our hearts. wishing you strength. You're a mom, so you got that part figured out.
bernette August 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Sophie7 August 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Wow how scary for all, especially Doris and her family. HOping for a full and speedy recovery for you Doris!!!! We are all sending you best wishes and love
Loretta Lynch August 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
MY prayer are with her and her family. God Bless.
Corinne August 23, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Theresa are prayers and thoughts are with you and Doris and the entire family,,
pat August 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Wishing the best for Doris and her family.
Richard A. Hammer August 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hug your loved ones and pray for Doris' speedy recovery.
Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster August 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Our prayers are with the entire family.
Greg Schimizzi August 23, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Doris and the entire Quigley family.
Greg Simmons August 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Prayers for all, Doris and family from all the Simmons'
connie thomas August 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Sending healing thoughts and many prayers.............Connie and Steve Thomas
Brian Dillan August 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
my prayers for her, I hope she don't have to rely on Obama care good luck to her
Kris Warrenburg August 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Our prayers are with you and your daughter. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
Steve Stoddard August 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Sending prayers , healing thoughts and get well wishes to the Quigley family.. Steve and Linda Stoddard
Nick August 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Very rude to politicize something like this. We all hope she has a speedy recovery from this tragic accident. Don't use this as a time to advocate your own views.
Nick August 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Doris and I are classmates and my thoughts go out to her and her family. I wish her nothing but a speedy and safe recovery from this tragic accident.
Dana Kalbacher August 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Our prayers to Doris and the Quigley family..from the Kalbacher family.
John Boyd August 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Very nice young woman. We hope she has a speed recovery. Our prayers are with her and family.
Lys Marigold August 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
My daughter too is an ocean lifeguard and we all know that John Ryan Sr.'s training is tops. This was a terrible, unexplainable accident and we are praying for Doris's total recovery, and speedy return to her senior year. Strength to her family through this time of uncertainty.
Maeera Mougin August 24, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Prayers, strength to Doris and Family. Keep wiggling your Lifeguard toes.
Paul Monte August 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM
God bless you Doris and your entire family. You have a whole community praying for you and sending healing thoughts. We all look forward to your quick and full recovery. PS Thanks for watching over our beaches.
S.B. Bonacker August 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I hope every church service on Sunday mentions Doris and asks for prayers for her recovery. PRAYERS DO WORK! We are all pulling for you Doris, you can make it through this, one day at a time. Thank God you have great health, fitness and a wonderful family by your side.
Lester Ware August 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Prayers for Doris and her family.
Mary Bori August 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Can't stop thinking about Doris and the entire Quigley family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Bori family
Beverly Bond August 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Quigley Family, especially Doris: We can only echo the thoughts and prayers of the entire community -- you can never have too many people praying for you at a time like this so please add Beverly and Richard to the list.
Jerry S August 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Quigleys....please keep us posted, I hopw you can can see and feel the great support from the town that still gives it that magical 'old town' feel! Lots of prayers for a quick recovery --Simons family


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