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Two Outer Banks rip current-related deaths occur in one week

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 22:32:43-04

OUTER BANKS, N.C. – Two people have suffered swimming-related deaths, according to officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The incidents occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches Thursday and Friday.

The first, on Thursday, was of a 67-year-old man who was swimming with a younger man near Ramp 70 and the airport when both were swept away by a rip current.

The younger man was able to swim safely and called 911. Crews responded and NPS Rangers performed CPR, however the man did not survive.

The second incident occurred Friday afternoon after a 71-year-old man was also caught in a rip current, this time off Sailfish Drive in Frisco. Unsuccessful resuscitation  efforts were attempted on him as well.

Officials remind beach goers to not swim against a rip current if you find yourself in one. Instead, remain calm and swim across the current, parallel to the shore.