Wednesday morning, a 55-year-old man died while swimming in the ocean
in southern Frisco. The man was visiting from Benson, North Carolina,
and was first observed on a small sandbar approximately 50 yards from
the beach, south of the Frisco Day Use Area.
unrelated male bystander, after hearing a call for help from the
individual’s family, entered the water and attempted to provide
assistance. Before the male bystander was able to reach the sandbar,
however, the man was swept away from the sandbar by what may have been
a rip current.
male bystander retrieved the individual after his body returned closer
to the shore. Once the male bystander brought the individual back to
the beach, an unrelated female bystander attempted compression CPR. A
911 call was made at 10 a.m. and the Dare County Emergency Medical
Services, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad,
and Seashore Rangers responded to the incident and continued the
bystander’s initial resuscitation efforts.
is the second swimming-related fatality off the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore this year, and the second within the last four days. There
were seven swimming-related fatalities in 2017 and eight in 2016.
thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends after this tragic
event,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent
NPS said in a press release that the waters off the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore (CHNS) beaches often produce powerful waves and
dangerous rip currents. The NPS strongly urges all swimmers to obtain
information about rip currents and swimming safety before entering the
Atlantic Ocean. Rip current safety information is available at CHNS
visitor centers, on its social media accounts, on NOAA's website here:
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/, on the National Weather Service's rip
current forecast website here: http://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx, and on
signs located at a number of Seashore parking lots and beach walkways.
CHNS has partnered with multiple local and national agencies to spread
public safety messages on social media about ocean safety using the