BUXTON, N.C. (WAVY) — A 75-year-old man drowned in the ocean Wednesday afternoon off of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, officials confirm.
Park officials say the man was in the water 20-50 yards off the shore when a bystander noticed that he may have been in distress.
Emergency crews from Dare County, Hatteras Island and the National Park Service responded, and attempted to save the man, but officials say the measures were unsuccessful.
“The National Park Service’s thoughts are with the family after this tragic event,” stated Seashore Superintendent David Hallac.
Hallac also said, “We strongly urge all swimmers to obtain information about rip current and swimming safety prior to entering the waters off Seashore beaches. We ask all of our community partners in the villages to help spread the message about the importance of swimming safety.”
Officials say the waters off of Seashore’s beaches often produce powerful rip currents.