Monday, October 1, a 63-year-old male from New York died while swimming
in the Atlantic Ocean near Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.
911 call for two swimmers in distress was received at 10:07 a.m. The
victim’s friend initiated CPR efforts, followed by Chicamacomico Banks
Water Rescue and Dare County Emergency Medical Services. The Dare
County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service Rangers also
responded to the incident.
efforts on the 63-year-old male visitor from Baldwinsville, New York
were ultimately unsuccessful. He was the only fatality during the
Hatteras National Seashore extends our condolences to his family and
friends during this very difficult time,” said National Parks of
Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.
is the fifth swimming-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National
Seashore this year. There were seven swimming-related fatalities in
2017 and eight in 2016.
risk of rip currents has been high in the last several days. The
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) considers a high
risk of rip currents to mean that “wind and/or wave conditions support
dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone
entering the surf.”
For more information on ocean safety and current rip current forecasts, visit the following links: