Man dies after getting caught in rip current off Ocracoke

By on August 15, 2017

A 63-year-old man from out-of state died Monday after getting caught in a rip current off Ocracoke Island while trying to help another swimmer in distress.

The incident happened around 5:10 p.m. near the Ocracoke Pony Pen beach access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to a National Park Service statement.

A moderate risk for rip currents was posted for Monday by the National Weather Service, with surf of 2 to 4 feet.


Park Service law enforcement rangers, Hyde County deputies, lifeguards, Ocracoke EMS and the Ocracoke Fire Department all responded to the incident but were unable to revive the man.

The other swimmer was able to safely return to shore.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said,


  • Julz

    God bless them all.

    Tuesday, Aug 15 @ 8:30 am
  • Ashley C.

    Sorry for their losses.. Prayers all around!

    Tuesday, Aug 15 @ 9:27 am
  • Val Cummings

    No greater love…

    Tuesday, Aug 15 @ 12:03 pm
  • Obx John

    As a 66 year old man I have learned with age comes limitations. God bless him and his loved ones during this time of grief. And try to stay within our limits , because in the end we are not the only ones who live with the decisions we make.

    Thursday, Aug 24 @ 12:54 pm
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