June 4, 2018

Swimming-related Fatality Occurs Near Buxton

On Sunday afternoon, a 79-year-old male was observed floating in the ocean about 30 yards from the beach near the north end of Buxton. A 911 call was received at 2:06 p.m., and a bystander brought the male to shore and began resuscitation measures, however, the efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers arrived on the scene, and resuscitation measures continued in the ambulance.

Although rip currents were forecast for the area and the individual was found in the water, the cause of death is unknown at this time.

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

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac expressed his sadness.  “On behalf of the Seashore, I extend my sympathy to the family and friends of the victim.”

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