2nd person drowns at NC Outer Banks in less than a week

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CAROVA BEACH, N.C. (WAVY) — A 33-year-old man from Colorado drowned in the ocean near Carova Beach on Tuesday, less than two days after a teen was found dead in the surf at the Outer Banks.

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Currituck County Fire & EMS says the victim was swimming near mile post 15 in the 4×4 wheel area of South Swain’s Quarter. He was swimming alone when family members noticed he was struggling. Bystanders pulled the man from the water at 3:21 p.m.

By the time life guards arrived to the scene, he was unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

Crews from the Carova Beach and Corolla Whalehead Station responded and provided advanced life support care.

Nightingale Air Ambulance was requested to respond. However, the man couldn’t be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead at 4:01 p.m.

The drowning comes after a 17-year-old boy was pulled into the ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Thursday afternoon and was found Sunday night near Avon Fishing Pier.

Officials say the ocean has had strong rip currents and larger than average waves lately. Swimmers should be careful or avoid the ocean completely while these conditions exist.

— WNCN contributed to this report

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