New York man dies in Atlantic near Hatteras

Published 7:31 pm Saturday, September 28, 2019

A 75-year-old man from Downsville, New York died in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Hatteras on Saturday afternoon, September 28.

According to information from CHNS, a 911 call was received at 2:50 p.m. A companion swimmer reported that the 75-year-old male became unconscious while attempting to escape a rip current. He was not using a flotation device. The companion pulled the man from the ocean with the assistance of two bystanders.

The water-related death occurred near the northern boundary of Hatteras Village. The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.

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A moderate risk of rip currents was forecast for all Outer Banks beaches today. A moderate risk of rip currents means that “wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the surf on moderate risk days.”

National Park Service Rangers, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue and Dare County Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident.

“Our staff offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

This is the third water-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year. There were five fatalities in 2018, seven in 2017, and eight in 2016.



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