Ohio man, 53, dies after being pulled from surf in Buxton

By on June 10, 2019

A 53-year-old visitor from Bellbrook, Ohio was declared dead today after family members pulled him from the surf about a mile north of the old Cape Hatteras lighthouse site in Buxton.

A 911 call was received at 11:49 a.m., according to the National Park Service. Bystanders unsuccessfully administered CPR.

National Park Service Rangers, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue, Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Dare County Sheriff Officers responded to the incident.

The man was not using a flotation device. The cause of death will not be known until a medical examination is performed.

A high risk of rip currents was forecast for most of the beaches along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore today. A high risk of rip currents means that “wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.”

This is the first water-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year. There were five fatalities in 2018, seven in 2017, and eight in 2016.

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