Man drowns at Ocracoke Island while trying to save swimmer in distress

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — A 63-year-old man drowned at Cape Hatteras National Seashore after getting caught in a strong rip current, officials with the National Park Service said.

The man was visiting from out of state and was said to have gotten caught in the current while trying to rescue another swimmer in distress.

The park service said the incident happened just after 5 p.m. near Ocracoke Island’s Pony Pen beach access.

Several agencies responded to the scene and tried to revive the man. However, officials say attempts were not successful.

Officials say the other swimmer returned to shore safely.

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said in a news release, “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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