Woman dies after getting caught in rip current off Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island

HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A woman died after she got caught in a rip current off Ocracoke Thursday.

At about 1:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of two females, a 64-year-old woman and her daughter, a juvenile, caught in a rip current near Ramp 67.

The 64-year-old woman’s husband tried to rescue both people, but was unable to get to them. He called bystanders for help, who were able to pull both of them onto the shore.

The 64-year-old woman was unresponsive and CPR efforts were underway when National Park Service rangers arrived on scene. The juvenile female was having breathing difficulties. Rangers continued CPR until medics arrived on scene.

The 64-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The juvenile female was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

This was the third rip current related death to happen in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year.

On July 21, a 67-year-old man from North Carolina drowned in the ocean off of Ocracoke Island. A 71-year-old man got caught in a rip current off of Sailfish Drive in Frisco and drowned on July 22.

Further south, a father died after trying to save his three daughters off Shackleford Banks.

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