Man drowns in waters off Ocracoke
By Outer Banks Voice 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.
- 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.”