Woman drowns in Emerald Isle, adding to string of rip current deaths on NC coast
A woman from Kentucky drowned Sunday in Emerald Isle, according to officials.Posted — Updated
In a Facebook post, the Town of Emerald Isle stated that Donna Sue Miller, 49, became caught in a rip current with her friend and her friend's 9-year-old daughter.
According to the post, the three were swimming near The Islander Hotel around 7 p.m. when the drowning occured. Officials say Miller was found facedown in the water and was carried to the shore by onlookers. The others made it safely to shore.
"All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle are saddened by this tragedy, and offer our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Miller's family and friends," the post read. "We offer our heartfelt prayers for healing and understanding during this difficult time."
Officials caution swimmers to avoid the water during rough surf warnings, but even calm waters can be dangerous.
"Although Emerald Isle experienced dangerous ocean conditions over an 11-day period in late July, ocean conditions were relatively calm in Emerald Isle all weekend, including Sunday," officials posted.
Experts say rip currents can form and disappear quickly. Rip currents are often most dangerous one or two hours before low tide.
Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.