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Man drowns trying to save teens from Atlantic Beach rip current

Posted June 17
Updated June 18

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 56-year-old old man died Saturday morning while trying to rescue two teenage girls from a rip current at Atlantic Beach.

The man, who was not identified, went into the water shortly before 11 a.m. to rescue the girls after he heard them screaming, according to NBC affiliate WITN. The man was caught in the current and drowned.

Crews that responded to the scene performed CPR on the man before he was taken to the hospital.

Both girls were able to get out of the water, though it's unclear how they were rescued. One girl was taken to the hospital, and both are expected to be OK, the television station reported.

Red flags were flying Saturday at the beach, indicating a high risk for swimming. The incident happened in an area of the beach that did not have lifeguards.

The man's death comes a week after a Wayne County teenager went missing in the water at Emerald Isle. The U.S. Coast Guard searched for 17-year-old Elijah Hinnant, but did not find him.

Hinnant's body was found two days later.


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  • Larry Jackson Jun 18, 4:19 p.m.
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    See new story. Another person nearly died today. What's up with these people

  • Larry Jackson Jun 18, 4:18 p.m.
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    View quoted thread

  • Marcia Maloney Jun 18, 2:51 p.m.
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    I agree Larry Jackson on your comment. If people would stay out of the waters when there are rough currents, they wouldn't be risking their lives as well as others I give this man so much credit for putting himself in danger and risking his own life to save another life. People should be more aware of how dangerous the waters can be and how strong they are. I wouldn't even attempt to enter the waters if a lifeguard isn't on duty. Im a very good swimmer but, its always best to have other eyes watching you . Those girls are lucky to have survived after making a bad choice

  • Larry Jackson Jun 18, 1:51 p.m.
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    I don't understand why people cannot stay out of the water when there are terrible riptides. There were flags all over the beach warning folks and the ocean looked dangerous. This heroic man lost his life because people ignore the obvious. Unfortunately people don't use common sense!