ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) — A man is dead after he was sucked out by a rip current along with his son at Fort Macon State Park Tuesday, according to Atlantic Beach fire Chief Adam Snyder.
It happened around 3:04 p.m., west of the bathhouse.
Snyder said the two of them were swimming outside the guarded area.
The 59-year-old father who was caught in a rip current was in cardiac arrest when lifeguards pulled him out.
Both were transported to Carteret Heath Care, where the father died despite advanced life support procedures being administered as soon as he was rescued.
Snyder said the son, who is 24, nearly drowned but is now in stable condition.
Swimmers in the area said the noticed the water was rougher than usual. Barbara Reaves witnessed the drowning and said she felt helpless.
“You feel kind of sad because you know someone is in trouble, but I didn’t know somebody had actually died,” she said. “I think the rescue workers did a good job keeping everything under control.”
They were from Nevada and on vacation.
The names of the two have not been released.
Yellow flags were flying Tuesday, and a moderate risk warning was in place.