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Surfing-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Rodanthe, North Carolina

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Date: September 21, 2017
Contact: Boone Vandzura, 252-475-8307

During the afternoon of September 21, 2017, a  male with a surfboard attached to his ankle, was observed floating face-down in the water just north of the village of Rodanthe at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Bystanders brought the 66 year old male from North Carolina to shore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts. Shortly thereafter, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, and National Park Service rangers arrived on scene and it was determined that the individual had died. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said, “Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends our condolences to his family and friends during this very difficult time."

Last updated: September 21, 2017

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