man drowns off Bodie Island
By IRENE NOLAN
body of a 19-year-old man from Gloucester, Va., was recovered about 3
p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach
near Ramp 4 on Bodie Island, a day after he disappeared while swimming
off the same beach on Wednesday morning.
According to the National Park Service, Brian Mouring was swimming was
friends on Wednesday morning. The group was camping at the
National Park Service’s campground at Oregon Inlet.
The friends reported that Mouring suddenly disappeared during the swim.
The ocean was rough at the time, as it had been for about a week, and
the National Weather Service had warned of a moderate risk of rip
currents in the area.
National Park Service and local rescue units responded to the call for
help, which came into Dare County 911 dispatch about 10 a.m.
U. S. Coast Guard sent an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast
Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, along with a 47-foot Motor Life Boat
crew and 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station
Oregon Inlet to the area.
The search was suspended at about dark on Wednesday night.
This is the second drowning on the seashore this season.
Last year, according to the National Park Service, five people drowned
on seashore beaches. Only one person drowned on the beaches in 2008,
which park officials said was an anomaly. There were eight
drowning deaths in 2007 and seven in 2006.
Rip currents are a major cause of drowning on the seashore.
Rip currents are strong river-like currents that move away from the
shore. If caught in a rip current, stay calm, wave for
assistance, and swim parallel to shore. Don't swim against the
current. Once out of the current, swim directly to shore.
For more information on rip currents
Local rip current forecast:
Click on marine forecasts on the left side of the screen. Look for rip
current information forecast.
National Park Service – Cape Hatteras Seashore
August 7, 2010
man drowns at Ocracoke beach
A visitor from Maryland was caught in a rip current and drowned on
Saturday, Aug. 7, on Ocracoke.
According to Cape Hatteras National Seashore ranger Ed Fuller, the
victim was John Wolf, 51, of Woodbine, Md.
Fuller said that the Park Service and Ocracoke Emergency Medical
Services were called to the beach 1/2 mile south of Ramp 72 at about
4:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Fuller said that four people were caught in a rip current, and that
three rangers and one Park Service lifeguard responded to the scene.
When they arrived, only one person was still in the water and was being
pulled in by several bystanders. Ocracoke EMS personnel and
lifeguard immediately began CPR, but the victim could not be revived.
Also caught in the rip current with Wolf were his wife, Emily, and his
children, Eric, 17, and Erin, 14. Emily Wolf was transported
Outer Banks Hospital by Ocracoke EMS.
The drowning was the first on the seashore this summer.
The National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., elevated the rip current
threat on Hatteras and Ocracoke to high at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday
The advisory said that the combination of high astronomical tides and a
long-period swell from Tropical Storm Colin, which was well east of the
Outer Banks, would keep the risk of rip currents high on Hatteras and
Ocracoke through Sunday evening.
The most likely time for life-threatening rip currents, the Weather
Service said, is a couple hours either side of low tide, which will be
about noon on Sunday.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from
shore. They occur most often at low spots or breaks in the
sandbar and in the vicinity of structures, such as groins, jetties, and
The Weather Service advises that if you become caught in a rip current,
do not panic but remain calm and begin to swim parallel to the
shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current,
to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly
against a rip current.