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