New York man dies in ocean near Hatteras

By on September 28, 2019

On the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 28, a 75-year-old male from Downsville, New York died in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Hatteras, North Carolina. The water-related fatality occurred near the northern boundary of Hatteras Village.

According to the National Park Service, a 911 call was received at 2:50 p.m. A companion swimmer reported that the 75-year-old male became unconscious while attempting to escape a rip current. He was not using a flotation device. A moderate risk of rip currents was forecast for all the Outer Banks beaches on Sept. 28.

The companion swimmer pulled the man from the ocean with help from two bystanders. National Park Service Rangers, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue, and Dare County Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident. The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.

This is the third water-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year. There were five fatalities in 2018, seven in 2017, and eight in 2016.


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