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This afternoon, a 79 year old male was observed floating in the ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area (Seashore). A bystander brought the male to shore and began resuscitation measures; however, the efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
- 79 year old male was visiting from Pennsylvania.
- 911 call was received at 2:06 p.m.
- Male discovered 30 yards from the beach near the north end of Buxton without a flotation device by unrelated bystanders. Once male was brought to shore, bystander began resuscitation measures.
- Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and Seashore Rangers arrived on scene. Resuscitation measures continued in the ambulance.
- Although rip currents were forecast for the area and the individual was found in the water, the cause of death is unknown at this time.
- This is the first swimming-related fatality off the Seashore in 2018. There were seven swimming-related fatalities in 2017 and eight in 2016.
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac expressed his sadness. “On behalf of the Seashore, I extend my sympathy to the family and friends of the victim.”