• 45°

UPDATED: Kill Devil Hills man dies in rough surf

A Kill Devil Hills man died Saturday  after being reported missing in rough surf in Kill Devil Hills.

The incident happened about 12:30 p.m., not long after officials put up red flags to indicate no swimming on Outer Banks beaches.

The swimmer was spotted in the water in the area of Fourth Street and was unable unable to return to shore, according to a news release from the Town of Kill Devil Hills. The nearshore current was strong and moved the swimmer quickly to the south. Moments later, lifeguard crews at Second Street entered the water to assist, and the unresponsive swimmer was pulled from the ocean.

CPR was immediately initiated and maintained by KDH lifeguards, with the assistance of KDH Fire Department crews. Dare County Emergency Services transported the swimmer to Outer Banks Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the release said.

In a post on their website, Gallop Funeral Services identified the victim as 62-year-old Paul Dennis Bindulski of Kill Devil Hills.

“The heart-broken survivors include his three brothers Mark, John, and Stephen; his two sisters, Lillian and Mary; their families, and a host of other relatives, and friends. As the family copes with the untimely loss of Paul, confirmed details about services will be posted,” Gallop wrote.

A tropical depression stirred up rough seas and rip currents along the Outer Banks Saturday. Red flags were flying, indicating unsafe conditions for any swimmers.

Bindulski is the sixth person to die in ocean-related fatalities this year. On June 29, six swimmers were rescued and a New York man died in rip currents in Avon. Between June 3 and June 6, three men died in ocean-related incidents at the seashore, two in one day. And in April, 4-year-old Wesley Belisle of New Hampshire was swept away while walking on the beach in Kitty Hawk with his mom.

The Ocean Rescue Division of the KDH Fire Department reminds everyone to obey posted flags at beaches:

Red = no swimming

Yellow = strong currents, swim with caution

If ever in doubt, ask a lifeguard, and always follow the advice of the lifeguard. You can also sign up for text alerts from local lifeguards. Click here for details.

News

Man brandishing rifle shot by police in North Carolina

News

North Carolina promises more vaccines for providers hit by shortfalls

News

NC jobless aid office addressing millions in overpayments

News

Man hits two deer with new car, then discovered he hit $2M in lottery

News

Dare County budget amendments aim to help county employees

News

Local photographer sparks debate over mysterious flying object in the night sky

News

Teen sustains life-threatening injuries in Kill Devil Hills crash

News

The magnificent frigatebird, a rare visitor to the Outer Banks

Lifestyles

Dare County Library announces virtual enrichment series

News

Manteo returning to subscription-based recycling service

News

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

Hyde

UPDATED: Hyde County man fatally shot while duck hunting Monday afternoon

News

Large-scale events in other parts of NC mean fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Dare and other counties

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Sheriff: Two North Carolina children abandoned in Mississippi; one dies

Crime

Kill Devil Hills man charged with gun violations

News

Grandma’s lucky numbers win Sampson County woman half of Cash 5 jackpot

News

NC-bound plane returns to gate after being hit by bird during takeoff

News

North Carolina, Catawba tribe ink casino revenue agreement

Currituck

Currituck Extension offers on-demand cooking and food preservation classes

Hyde

Hyde County Schools announces 2020-21 Beginning Teacher of the Year

News

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

News

New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

News

North Carolina weekly gas price update: Prices down slightly from last week