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Rip currents blamed for three drowning deaths on NC coast

Posted July 2, 2011
Updated July 3, 2011

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— Rip tides appear to have caused three men to drown over two days in separate incidents at North Carolina beaches.

Authorities said Todd Buchy, 43, of Worthington, Ohio, was found face down in the surf Thursday afternoon along the Outer Banks. Emergency crews could not revive him.

Officials said Buchy was vacationing with a large family group. 

In Salter Path, officials said Tony Cilluffo, 41, of Washington, was found floating in the water not breathing Thursday evening and died at the hospital.

Not far away, in Atlantic Beach, rescuers said John Moore, 68, of Raleigh, was discovered floating on his back unconscious in the waves Friday afternoon. He also could not be revived.

Authorities said rip currents have been strong this week all along the North Carolina coast.

Moore's body was taken to the local medical examiner's office for an autopsy. His wife, Elizabeth said he might have had a heart attack.

The couple owned a condo at Atlantic Beach and were there on vacation, she said.

Moore was retired from North Carolina Facility Services, where he had reviewed the condition of care in nursing homes across the state.

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  • Rebelyell55 Jul 4, 2011

    Some places along the beach has warning signs for rip current. Some even explain what they are. But few tells you what to do in case your are caught in one. It's very frightening even for strong swimmers. Take a minute when your at the beach and visit local public safety officers. They have good information you can share with those who go into the water.