Maryland man dies in ocean off Nags Head

By on October 3, 2019

A 51-year-old Davidsonville, Maryland man died in the ocean off Nags Head on Thursday, Oct. 3, the second person to lose his life in the waters off Dare County beaches in the last four days.

Nags Head’s Police and Fire and Ocean Rescue Departments responded to a 911 call at approximately 3 p.m. after receiving a report of a man floating face down in the ocean near the 8300 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Members of Nags Head Ocean Rescue brought the man to the beach where CPR was administered. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful, and he was later pronounced dead.

The incident is under investigation and the exact cause of death is unknown at this time. Red “no swimming” flags were not posted on Nags Head’s beach today. The town of Nags Head’s thoughts are with the man’s family after this tragic event.

On Monday, Sept. 30, Dr. William Lapenta, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction drowned in the ocean off Duck.


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  • h barr

    How could the Town of Nags Head NOT put out Flags?!? I got an alert on my phone and my computer from Dare County. ****** DIDN’T THEY?

    This was a GUEST of ours and I feel terrible!

    Who is responsible for putting out these flags? What department?

    Friday, Oct 4 @ 10:42 am
  • Miranda stumler

    The flags were out. They were yellow.

    Saturday, Oct 5 @ 12:15 pm
  • h barr

    Unfortunately, they were not in front of these houses. They were at the Public access & my house has a private access.
    I just think we need to make more of an effort to keep our tourists safe. Yes, I know they are a pain, but they pay our salaries.

    Monday, Oct 7 @ 4:20 pm
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