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Visitor dies being rescued from dangerous Outer Banks surf conditions

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Posted at 9:15 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 10:19:10-04

CURRITUCK Co., N.C. - A man went into life-threatening surf to rescue his daughter in the Outer Banks.

At 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, officials received a call about two swimmers that were in distress in the ocean.

A 48-year-old man visiting the Currituck Outer Banks said to have went into life-threatening surf to rescue his daughter and was overcome by the waves.

Within three minutes, lifeguards from Corolla Beach Rescue arrived and said they were able to locate the man and remove him from the water. He then went into cardiac arrest.

Firefighter and paramedics from Currituck County Fire and EMS and members of Corolla Fire Rescue provided Advanced Life Support care almost immediately after the man’s rescue and reports confirm that he regained a pulse.

He was flown by Nightingale Air Ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General in critical condition. On Wednesday officials sent out an update and said the man died overnight at the hospital.

The daughter was found safe on the beach and had been able to exit the water before lifeguards arrived.

Corolla Beach Rescue Life Guards, Currituck County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Currituck County Firefighters have been advising beachgoers to stay out of the dangerous surf that is forecast to continue for several days.

Red flags that advise no swimming have been flying as Hurricane Teddy passes off the Atlantic Coast. Visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks are encouraged to check surf conditions before visiting the beach by going to the Currituck County Government Facebook page.