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Emerald Isle police: 80 rip current incidents, 4 deaths in 10 days

Posted June 19
Updated June 22

— Warning signs were up at Emerald Isle again over the weekend, meaning the rip currents are so dangerous, swimmers should stay out of the water.

Rip currents are proving to be deadly this summer, with at least four deaths this month at Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach.

Emerald Isle police have successfully helped more than 80 people to get out of the water because of rip currents since June 9.

A 21-year-old man died at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after being caught in a rip current Sunday morning, according to Atlantic Beach officials.

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 to shore by a surfer and died Monday morning.

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


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  • Edward Anderson Jun 20, 12:08 p.m.
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    Oh, the horror! The government must ban all swimming any time there's a danger of rip currents! We MUST protect people!!!!
    /sarcasm off

  • Jamie Aycock Jun 20, 11:09 a.m.
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    This speaks volumes of people who ignore the warnings. Let them all get out of the gene pool and dry off.

  • Michael Woods Jun 20, 9:06 a.m.
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    If you're going to the beach there's plenty of Internet sites and YouTube videos showing how to spot a riptide 🏊🏻

  • Marshall Autry Jun 20, 6:10 a.m.
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  • Scott Spaine Jun 20, 5:19 a.m.
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    "Should are asked?"

  • William Price Jun 19, 11:30 p.m.
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    if you ignore the rip current do not swim warnings then its your own fault.....play stupid games win stupid prizes