This Saturday was a deadly one for three beachgoers at the North Carolina coast. A coastal storm centered closely nearby made for rough surf and a moderate to high rip current threat on Saturday. Despite flags flying advising people to stay out of the water, three people drowned.
All three of these deaths occurred in the southern portion of the state. Two of the deaths were at different beaches in Brunswick County while a third happened just to the north in New Hanover County.
According to WTVD, a 20-year-old man died after being swept out to sea off Sunset Beach at about 2pm on Saturday. Fellow beachgoers performed CPR on the man before EMS personnel arrived.
Nearby Holden Beach also featured dangerous rip currents on Saturday, which is where a 40-year-old man drowned. This man went into the water to help a different person who was swept out by the current, but that victim survived.
The third victim drowned at Wrightsville Beach in the late-morning hours of Saturday. Once lifeguards pulled the man out of the ocean, he was already not breathing.
This was a deadly weekend for drownings due to rip currents. It’s important to follow the advice of the lifeguards to determine whether to go into the water and to also know how to escape a rip current if you encounter one.