Washington, DC woman dies in Avon water-related incident

Published 5:30 pm Monday, September 4, 2023

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The National Park Service has reported that a 28-year-old woman from Washington, D.C. died Monday afternoon, September 4, 2023 “in a water-related incident in front of the village of Avon at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”

According to a news release from NPS, a 911 call was placed at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 to report an unresponsive visitor in the ocean in the northern section of the village of Avon.

“A witness stated that the 28-year-old woman was overtaken by strong waves and disappeared in the surf,” stated the release. “Shortly after disappearing in the surf, the victim was observed face-down in rough ocean conditions.”

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A bystander and visitor with a body board assisted with bringing the woman to shore, and Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Cape Hatteras National Seashore law enforcement rangers responded to the incident.

“Unfortunately, cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful,” stated the release. “Ocean conditions in the area were reported to be rough with a high risk of rip currents.”

“The Seashore’s thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends after this tragic event,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.