3 drownings on Oak Island attributed to rip currents


OAK ISLAND, NC (WNCN) – A rescue group on Oak Island said three drownings in the last month were due to currents.

Oak Island Water Rescue Posted on Facebook Wednesday Testimony led them to believe the drowning was due to currents.

There was a “moderate risk of rip currents” on Tuesday — the same that applied to a total of five drownings on the island, the rescue group said.

“We are doing our best to spread the word about daily rip current risk and will continue to share information about beach hazards/rip currents by any means at our disposal. We welcome new ideas and enjoy working with organizations to advance water safety,” said Oak Island Water Rescue.

A person was pulled onto shore after two men swam out to rescue the victim, who was caught in a current.

“These men were taking an extreme risk as 30% of those who drown in currents are those trying to save someone in a current. We know that in almost every case, one or more people will attempt a swimming rescue,” the group said.

Oak Island Water Rescue said it discourages anyone from attempting a swim rescue in a current, but if you want to do it — use a flotation device.

The rescue group Posted to Facebook just after midnight on Wednesday Discussing the efforts made during his response to a drowning cry.

“Today was another difficult day at the beach,” the post reads.

End of May, 16 swimmers were rescued from rip currents in Carolina Beach over a weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/3-drownings-at-oak-island-blamed-on-rip-currents/ 3 drownings on Oak Island attributed to rip currents

Dais Johnston

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