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21-year-old in critical condition after getting caught in Atlantic Beach rip tide

Posted June 18
Updated June 19

With summer approaching, crowds will soon be flocking to the North Carolina coast, and while they may expect the beaches to be wide and sandy, nature often has other ideas.

— A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being caught in a rip tide Sunday morning off Atlantic Beach.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder told WITN that five people from Greenville were swimming on the west end of Atlantic Beach, near the Doubletree Hotel, around 11 a.m. when first responders were called.

When fire rescue personnel arrived, all five people were out of the water in the sand.

Emergency crews performed CPR on the 21-year-old victim before transporting him to Carteret General Hospital, where he is said to be in critical condition.

He was then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A 19-year-old female was also taken to the hospital after inhaling water but is expected to make a full recovery.

Sunday's rip tide incident involving swimmers was the second at Atlantic Beach during the weekend.

A 56-year-old man died Saturday after entering the water to help two teenage girls who had gotten caught in a rip tide and were screaming in the water.

Last weekend, a 17-year-old from Wayne County died after going missing while swimming at Emerald Isle. A 16-year-old involved in that incident was brought so shore by a surfer.


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  • Mark Card Jun 18, 11:02 p.m.
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    Whenever I go swimming in the ocean, which isn't that often, I like to bring along one of those big noodle floats so that I don't have to tread water or even swim really. Even though I am a decentswimmer and could hopefully tread water and do the side stroke long enough to escape a rip current, moving parallel to the shoreline, it would be a scary situation and nice to have something to help keep you afloat.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jun 18, 9:42 p.m.
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    When will they learn?