Man drowns in waters off Ocracoke

By on July 12, 2020

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

On the morning of Sunday, July 12, a 65-year-old male from Chester Heights, PA died in the Atlantic Ocean off a beach on Ocracoke Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Additional details:
  • Seashore Rangers received a call at 11:15 a.m. regarding a swimmer who had been missing for approximately 15 minutes near the Pony Pen beach at the Seashore on Ocracoke Island.
  • After arriving at the scene, a Seashore Ranger spotted the individual face down approximately 60 yards from the beach.
  • A Seashore lifeguard retrieved the man and brought him to shore.
  • Rangers, Hyde County Emergency Medical Services staff, and Good Samaritans administered CPR; however, efforts were not successful.
  • A large rip current was spotted at the site where the swimmer went missing.
  • The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.
  • A moderate risk of rip currents was forecast for all Outer Banks beaches today. A moderate risk of rip currents means that “wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the surf on moderate risk days.”



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  • Bud

    Where are the details? Such as, Park Rangers will not help save anyone. They sit and wait for someone else. All they will do is law enforcement.

    Monday, Jul 13 @ 4:59 am