Rip current blamed for man’s drowning at Ocracoke

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — Officials on the Outer Banks say a man drowned in Ocracoke after he was caught in a rip current.

Outer Banks Group Chief Ranger Boone Vandzura told local media outlets that a man called 911 at about 3 p.m. Thursday, saying he and his friend were swimming in the ocean when a rip current pulled them out.

Vandzura said the caller managed to get back to shore, but emergency personnel responding to the scene could not save the other man. The man’s identity hasn’t been released pending notification of family members.

Forecasts of surf conditions called for moderate rip currents. The men were swimming near ramp 70 just north of the village of Ocracoke. There are no lifeguards on duty there.

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