• 61°

Pennsylvania man dies while swimming off Ocracoke beach

The National Park Service reported that on Sunday morning, July 12, a 65-year-old male from Chester Heights, Penn. died in the Atlantic Ocean off a beach on Ocracoke Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

CHNS Rangers received a call at 11:15 a.m. regarding a swimmer that had been missing for around 15 minutes near the Pony Pen beach on Ocracoke Island. That area is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

After arriving at the scene, a ranger spotted the individual face down approximately 60 yards from the beach and a CHNS lifeguard retrieved the man and brought him to shore. Rangers, Hyde County Emergency Medical Services staff and good Samaritans administered CPR, however efforts were unsuccessful.

The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.

According to a press release from NPS, a large rip current was spotted at the site where the swimmer went missing. A moderate risk of rip currents was forecast for all Outer Banks beaches south of the Currituck beaches on Sunday. 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.”

“Our team at Cape Hatteras National Seashore sends our most sincere condolences to this man’s family following the very sad loss that occurred today off the Seashore’s beach on Ocracoke Island,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “While we don’t know the cause of this tragic event, our staff observed rip currents in the area and moderately rough surf conditions. We strongly urge swimmers to take great caution when entering the Atlantic Ocean where swimming can be challenging for even the most experienced swimmers.”

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Duck structure fire contained, two first responders treated for heat-related illness

Dare commissioners say no to dumping bridge demolition debris off Carteret County

News

Future of Soundside Event Site discussed

News

NPS issues interim rules for filming in park areas

News

Manteo commissioners approve permit for new athletic field house at Manteo High School

News

Weekly North Carolina gas price update

Crime

North Carolina man receives 13 years in federal prison for drug distribution

Crime

Cooper announces reward for information about Wilson County murder

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander announces retirement

Crime

Cooper announces reward for information on Hoke County murder

Hyde

New video conference capabilities for students at the Hyde County Davis Center

Lifestyles

Dare County employee receives 25-year service pin

Crime

North Carolina sentenced to federal prison for dealing heroin

Business

Food Bank of the Albemarle announces Employees of the Year

Business

Kill Devil Hills pizzeria shows appreciation for essential workers

Crime

Man sentenced to prison, ordered to pay restitution for health care fraud

Crime

Elizabeth City man sentenced to 90 months for firearm offense

Business

Sales leader for Standard Insurance in 2020

Business

Leah Wood named Outer Banks Hospital Employee of the Month for February

News

Manteo welcomes new employee Jo Briggs

News

Vaccination center in Greensboro to administer 3,000 daily vaccines

News

Gambino crime family’s elder Gotti, Peter, dies in North Carolina prison

News

Cooper, North Carolina prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

News

State and local COVID-19 update

News

Bar owners can postpone ABC fees under new law signed by Cooper

Lifestyles

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary virtual boating safety course set