Drowning death reported in Duck

Published 11:54 am Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Emergency services were called to the Pelican Way beach access in the Sanderling area of the Town of Duck at 4:22 p.m. on Monday, September 30 for a swimmer that was no longer visible from the beach.

According to a release from the Town of Duck, an ocean rescue supervisor who was off duty but in the area saw what he thought to be a swimmer in distress and alerted emergency services. Lifeguards on patrol responded within minutes of receiving the call and pulled an unresponsive 58-year-old male from the water.

Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS initiated CPR and other lifesaving measures immediately. Despite these efforts, at 5 p.m. Dare County EMS, under the authority of medical control, pronounced the individual dead on scene.

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While the exact factors that caused the death are unknown, Monday’s surf conditions and a rip current in the area were likely a factor, said the statement from the town.

The deceased has been identified as Dr. William Lapenta of the National Weather Service. Gallop Funeral home is handling arrangements for the family.



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