Vacationer dies after six swimmers pulled from surf off Avon

By on June 28, 2018

Rescuers on jet skis and a surfer helped at least a half dozen people out of the ocean in Avon Thursday, but efforts to revive one of the swimmers on the beach were unsuccessful.

A call for help at Ocean Isle Loop came in at 3:28 p.m., according to the National Park Service. When the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad arrived, they saw “multiple groups of swimmers in distress,” an NPS statement said.

The rescue squad sent two jet skis into the surf to bring the swimmrs back to the beach. A bystander with a surfboard brought one person to shore.

A 48-year-old man visiting from Sayville, N.Y., received CPR on the beach from the rescue squad, but he could not be revived, the NPS said.

Dare County Emergency Medical Services, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service rangers also responded. The park service said there was a moderate risk of rip currents in the area.

A moderate risk, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, means “wind, wave, and tide conditions support the development of stronger or more frequent rip currents along the beaches. Only experienced surf swimmers who know how to escape rip currents should enter the water.”

It was the fourth swimming-related fatality off the Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year. There were seven in 2017 and eight in 2016.

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  • avonsurfernc

    The rip was unreal today. We were surfing and had to constantly paddle towards the beach. So sad to hear this horrible news. Prayers and thoughts to the family of this victim.

    Thursday, Jun 28 @ 10:37 pm
  • Willy c

    The national park service can charge to drive on the beach pay thousands to save turtles and birds but no lifeguards to save people.

    Friday, Jun 29 @ 3:10 pm
  • Richard Olson

    If 19 people have lost their lives on these beaches due to the presence of RIP currents in 2 and a half years why are their not more life guards stationed there and why are there no RIP tide warnings posted. I assume it is part of the national seashore parks system. Why was the beach open to un suspecting visitors God help this family who I know personally. They are in my prayers

    Friday, Jun 29 @ 5:46 pm
  • Motherof2

    Only experienced swimmers need to b n the waters during these times! If u have health risks or and other issues. Stay out of the water! Ur not only endangering ur own life but the lives of many others! Please use caution off our coast!!

    Friday, Jun 29 @ 7:17 pm
  • 30yearOBXhomeowner

    MORE LIFEGUARDS Please!!! We need them!!!!
    So sorry for the families who have lost loved ones.

    Saturday, Jun 30 @ 4:25 am
  • gsurf123

    Too many people are not substandard swimmers and many are children with irresponsible parents. Don’t blame the water or lack of lifeguards: blame the root of the cause which is poor judgement and over confidence. It is unfortunate, but there will be plenty more drownings and life guards won’t make much of a difference. If you or your family have inexperienced ocean swimmers then go the guarded beaches. Additionally if you want lifeguards go to another beach or resort area. Luckily for the rest of us we are in a national park where the nanny state won’t happen.

    @Richard Olsen rip tides are everywhere there are waves…the water has to return to the ocean. Receding tides amplify the situation, but again it is the responsibility of the individual or parent to decide what is prudent and if expecting someone to safe you on an unprotected beach go somewhere else or stay out of the water.

    Tuesday, Jul 3 @ 7:42 am
  • Bud

    The last thing Hatteras needs is lifeguards.
    Why place lifeguards at beaches not fit for swimming?

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 6:37 am
  • Dianne Radeka

    I learned to ride waves at a very young age at those beaches and was taught about about how to swim in rip tides and under tows EDUCATION is the best way to learn about swimming in the OBX waters. I think every beach rental, hotel, motel should give out this information when guests are checking in… encourage them to read it before they go swimming. It may save a life!❤️

    Saturday, Jul 7 @ 7:56 pm
  • ShaLee

    Families spend their hard earned money in your area for rentals, food, shops and more. Most of the people I know that go to the OuterBanks, go for the beaches. Why are there no stationed life gaurds?
    As for you gsurf123, you are very disrespectful.

    Sunday, Jul 8 @ 2:06 pm