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Contact: Boone Vandzura, 252-475-8307
A swimming-related fatality occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore, near Ocracoke Island’s Pony Pen beach access, at around 5:10 pm on Monday, August 14.
The swimmer, a 63-year-old male visiting from out-of-state, was reported to have been caught in a very strong rip current while attempting to rescue another swimmer in distress. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Law Enforcement Rangers, Hyde County deputies, lifeguards, Ocracoke Emergency Medical Services, and the Ocracoke Fire Department all responded to the incident and attempted to revive the male swimmer, but the attempts were unsuccessful. The other swimmer was able to safely return to shore.
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said, “our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”