Connecticut man dies after being pulled from the ocean in Nags Head

Published 11:57 am Thursday, September 7, 2023

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An Enfield, Connecticut man, 36, died after being pulled from the ocean in Nags Head Wednesday evening.

According to a Town of Nags Head news release, Nags Head Fire and Ocean Rescue and Police departments responded to a 911 call at approximately 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2023 after receiving a report of a man in distress in the ocean about 50 yards north of Nags Head Fishing Pier in the 3300 block of South Virginia Dare Trail.

“Arriving first on the scene, an Ocean Rescue guard quickly pulled the man from the water,” stated the release. “The guard immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Dare County Emergency Medical Services transported him to the Outer Banks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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“Beachgoers are reminded to swim near a lifeguard, never swim alone, and learn about rip current safety before entering the ocean,” the release continued.

Nags Head Ocean Rescue provides water rescue services from April through October. Through September 30, staffed lifeguard stands are present at the Bonnett, Epstein and Gulfstream public beach accesses. Guards on roving ATVs are patrolling the beach through October 31, though this may change due to staffing levels, noted the Town of Nags Head.

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“The Town of Nags Head’s thoughts are with the man’s family and friends after this tragic event,” stated the release. “Thank you to the good Samaritan on the beach and to Dare County EMS for their assistance with this call.”

This is the third ocean-related death this week along the Outer Banks. A 28-year-old woman from Washington, D.C. died Monday afternoon in a water-related incident in front of the village of Avon at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A 68-year-old man from Hillsboro, Ohio died Tuesday morning off southern Hatteras Island, also at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.