Man, 75, drowns after getting caught in rip current in Atlantic Ocean

HATTERAS, N.C. -- A 75-year-old New York man who likely got caught in a rip current in the Atlantic Ocean has died.

The National Park Service said they received a 911 call Saturday just before 3 p.m. in relation to a man who drowned. Officials did not identify the man.

A person swimming with the man told NPS officials that he became unconscious while attempting to escape a rip current. Officials said the man did not have a flotation device.

Two bystanders and the person who accompanied the man, pulled him from the ocean.

Officials said the cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.

Officials forecast a moderate risk of rip currents for all beaches in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Saturday.

NPS defined a moderate risk of rip currents as "wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the surf on moderate risk days."

According to the NPS, this is the third water-related fatality off of Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year.

"Our staff offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends," said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.
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