North Carolina man dies after being brought out of surf

17 June 2022

— A North Carolina man has died after he was brought out of the surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the National Park Service said.

The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was identified only as a 66-year-old from Buxton, the park service said in a news release. The incident occurred on Wednesday on an oceanside beach across from Sandy Bay on Hatteras Island.

According to the park service, the man collapsed on the beach after being rescued from the ocean by bystanders, who immediately began CPR. Emergency personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died.

No further details are available.

Drownings are reported at the N.C. coast each summer, many caused by rip currents or rough seas.

Most recently, a woman died after she was pulled out of the water at Oak Island on Tuesday. According to Oak Island Water Rescue, people at the beach pulled the woman out of the water before crews arrived.

You can read up on how to avoid rip currents and what to do if you are caught in one.

If caught in a rip current

  • Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
  • Never fight against the current.
  • Think of it like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, which you need to step to the side of.
  • Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle – away from the current – toward shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help.

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