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UPDATE: Tourist drowns while helping rescue other swimmers

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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- A man is dead after he fought the current off Bald Head Island trying to help others and drowned.

Kevin Scott Roberts, 43, of Mt. Lookout, WV, drowned Monday after being caught by a strong current off Bald Head Island. Roberts was among five people that tried to save three swimmers that were struggling off the east end.

"We were able to launch our craft from the beach and respond very quickly, and as a result we were able to rescue seven people from the water," Village of Bald Head Island spokeswoman Karen Ellison.

Crews found Roberts an hour later. He was pronounced dead in Southport.

Officials on Bald Head Island say warning signs are posted across the island advising visitors of the danger of rip currents and tides, which may have been affected by the full moon Monday.

"It's important while on all of our beaches, whether it's here on Bald Head Island or on any other beaches in this area, that people remain cautious and know their surroundings and always be aware of what the ocean is doing."

The drowning raises question about the need for lifeguards on the beach. Ellison says because the beaches are state-maintained the decision is out of the village's hands.

Officials say this may serve as a reminder to be aware of the conditions and respectful of the ocean.

Ellison says Roberts' family left the island monday night after the accident.

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we still miss you

we all still miss you kevin you are still in are hearts and i no alot ofpeople wish you were still here with us but mabye you are back with marry up there you was a great friend to me i had alot of fun hanging out with him he was the greatest guy out there

To Mr. Robert's family

My family and I left the beach that evening just as the rescue crews arrived and assumed a swimmer was in trouble, but we did not understand the full extent of what was happening. We were saddened to hear that Mr. Roberts lost his life. The current was deceptively strong that day and warning signs were not properly posted. The only warning sign we saw was almost completely buried by a sand dune. Your family will be in our prayers.

Lets focus on Anthony and

Lets focus on Anthony and Nechole,these were Kevins kids and they are the most important people right now!!
No more trying to start junk if you need to talk about it give me a call!!!!!!

Co-worker and friend of Kevin's:

Kevin was a true friend and hero to all who knew him. He was more than a co-worker to all who worked with him. Kevin was family. There was never a time that he did not have a smile on his face, nor could anyone have a bad day with him around. He always found something positive in every situation. May God bless Nicole, Anthony, Lori and there families with their tragic loss. He had been so happy with Lori and talked about their wedding everyday at work.

To all who have posted negative comments: Think before you speak. You did not know him nor his family. If you did you would never say anything nasty about any of them, as they are all really good people! Knowing him, he would have done it again, again, and again as he loved children. That's where his heart was each and every day. He was very passionate about his family, job, and co-workers. He is truly a hero and will never be forgotten! Thank God for the miracle of him saving the children involved.

the man that drown was an

the man that drown was an honest hard working man who loved kids and his family and he jumped in to save his two neices ,his stepson, and his stepson's girlfriend. the man that gave his life too save us was a nice and loveing man and although I did not know him very well i wish i knew him better. I will always be in debt to him and i love him. he was a very kind man that took care of every one eles before he did him self and he was going to do so much for and with us and even though my aunt and him did not get a peice of paper saying that they were married, from the moment when he asked her to marry him and she said yes they were married and they will always be forever in love and yes he is a hero because he saved us kids and please if you did not know him dont be rude. know the whole story first. there were no signs where we were at and thank you to all the nice people that prayed with us and all the nice things you did and all of your prayers they are appreciated an bald head island is not a bad place so dont think that it is and thank you. just plese know the whole story before you say anything about me. uncle keven was a good man,helping scared kids and he would do it again if he had to and to all the haters out there if you knew him you would change your mind so plese if you post things just dont be rude. I love my uncle kevin, he was the best person you would ever meet. just be nice please that is all I ask

It never ceases to amaze me

It never ceases to amaze me the greed in people when a loved one dies. The poor man would turn over in his grave, if he was in it - there has not even been a funeral yet, and already the ugliness of the human spirit of greed has set in. As a matter of fact, within minutes of giving life to save others, the greed set in and showed it's ugly head. It would not have been "stolen or kept" from those
who rightfully were granted it, but to be so quick to grab and go, is disgusting. Shame shall follow you in the future and someday perhaps you will lose all you own and then maybe you will realize that "life" is more important than money and things.

If this is about the

If this is about the belongings left behind where Kevin was staying,Well let it be known that if my neice and nephew ask me to go get what is rightfully theres, well SO BE IT i will always be here for these kids and if it upsets anyone just give me a call!!!! I handled the situation in the same manner as Kevin would have if the shoe was on the other foot! We loaded and took what belonged to Kevin and his children!Greed no it wasnt,just doing what i was ask to do!!!! My wife and i ask for nothing,and if this comment is directed to me my name is Mike,my number is on my facebook page give me a call and we can meet up and settle this face to face! As if we arent going through a hard enough time without people trying to start stuff. Grow up or grow a pair,either or there is still things that belong to Kevin and his kids and i can PROMISE as soon as the kids say unkcle mike will you,i will be on my way!

This will be my last post on

This will be my last post on this subject. It really does not make any difference the circumstances that lead up to Kevin's death. He is still gone. The family's are still mourning and devastated. The teenagers that were there are still blaming themselves for what happened. It was no ones fault. It was a terrible accident. I hope that anyone that ever has to suffer a lose like this will have as much love, support and compassion as our family does. The 60 plus members of Lori's immediate family will truly miss him and will forever be in his debt. Kevin will be by God's side forever more. My God bless those who are ignorant of the facts and help them to be better people. Please bow your head in a silent prayer for all who have lost their lives no matter what the reason. We are all in danger of losing our life at any given moment. Thank you God for all the loving grace you give us all.

To dumb & dumber and the

To dumb & dumber and the other ones who posted comments that do not know what happened and should keep their mouths shut. You are heartless non-christians and I hope and pray that by the Grace of God you never have to lose a loved one and have other idiots as yourselves, post comments about them. Shame on you. THERE WERE "NO"
SIGNS POSTED AND NO CAUTIONS ANYWHERE ON THAT SIDE OF THE ISLAND. It took the rescue crews and hour to get the children out of the water and and hour to find Kevin's body. The parents and grandparents were watching carefully and had they been warned would never have allowed the children to go walking on the edge of the beach or anywhere near it. Pray to God that you get a heart and come common sense about you and some compassion, because some day you
will need it from others and you will NOT receive it because of your un-Godly ways. I hate to stoop to your level and say these things, but you are hurting people who are very dear to me and our family will respect and treat them with love and kindness and be very protective. So keep your opinions to yourselves.

Thank you Sis for commenting

Thank you Sis for commenting on the heartless non-christian who made that horrible comment. He did not know the facts, there were NO danger or caution signs on that beach. The family is devastated and you should be ashamed. Someday you will suffer a loss of someone you love and by the Grace of God I pray you will not have idiot's like you posting horrible comments about it like you did. I hate to stoop to your level, but love my family(as all of us do) and are very
protective of them. So please try to have some compassion in you life, you may need someone else's someday.

I am a fellow co-worker who

I am a fellow co-worker who worked with Kevin. My heart goes out to all families involved and I pray that God will give you all the strength, courage & wisdom to survive this sad time in your lives. He was a "hero" to me at work. If I needed something fixed he would do it right then. If I needed a new appliance, he made sure he took care of it. There was not too many things that he would not take the time to help with. He will be greatly missed by me and many others. He always had a smile on his face, I never heard him say anything negative and he believed in the work that we do. Always believe he died doing what he did best - "helping others"
God Bless you all & may heaven smile upon you.

I am Kevin's sister-in-law,

I am Kevin's sister-in-law, and am commenting for his dad, Bud Rose. Bud would like to thank everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement at this time. As a parent he, nor Kevin's mother, have ever faced a loss as this. We realize that under no circumstances would Kevin have left those children to save himself. He was one of the most kind and loving persons that I have ever met. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our children, Mike and mine, have both said that we will see Uncle Kevin again one day and there is Absolutely no doubt that we will. Until that day we will hold our memories of Kevin in our hearts.

My dad is most definitely my

My dad is most definitely my hero. He saved my brothers life as well as all the others. He knew what he was getting his self into, but he would never think twice about helping us or anyone in danger. He had a huge heart and God saved him a special spot in heaven. It was the most horrible thing I could ever go through, but he did it for a good reason. If it wasn't for him a kid would've died. I'm going to miss him & think about him everyday. They do need signs up warning people. If there were signs at the time this whole tragedy would've been avoided. He's in Gods hands now & he's happy in heaven with our mom. Couldn't ever ask for a better dad. He's truely our hero & I give him all the respect in the world ! R.i.p daddy !!!

Your Dad was a hero. While

Your Dad was a hero. While we do not know you or your family, please know that you are all in my family's prayers. Speaking as the father of two little girls, I know your father would do exactly the same thing again and again and again. His love for you and your family required him to. He sacrificed his life to save the lives of the people he loves. That is the definition of a hero in my book. Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss.

My prayers go out the family

My prayers go out the family and loved ones of this hero.

Kevin Scott Roberts

I was on the beach Monday evening, confused as were the rest of us. Virtually no one saw Kevin go in the water but the crowd swelled minutes later. Ironically, Bald Head's Howl at the Moon part was staged not 50 yards away and people started showing up while the boats were still searching. Once the kids were back on shore, it was a while until the rescuers realized there was still another man in the water. Someone noted that Kevin's fiancee was down the beach. I saw her roaming down toward the shoals, searching every last inch of the horizon. I ran down to bring her back to those coordinating the effort from the shore. Held her hand on the walk back and reassured her that they would not stop looking until they found him. I asked her where we went in & she pointed just to the left of the shoals. What my mind was thinking, at that time I could not speak. I'll never forget the look in her eyes.

I slipped away once she was in capable hands. The sick irony amongst those who had gathered for a party was that most knew the outcome by then. All I could do is hug my kids and say a prayer as the bonfire flickered and the full moon slowly rose from the waterline. All I could think was how absolutely surreal that a man lost his life here just moments ago.

I never knew Kevin but my heart goes out to all those who lost a father, a fiancee or a friend in the waters off Bald Head this week.

I know both families and

I know both families and this is such a tragedy. I have known Lori for 25 years and she was so happy to be marrying this wonderful man. She had finally found true happiness and to have it taken away in such a horrible manner is just more than my mind can grasp. Everyone lost something that day. A son, brother, father, friend, fiancé and hero were all lost that day. Much love and prayers to all involved.

I would just like to say

I would just like to say thank you to all the prayers and thoughts of everybody. I would also like to say thank you to everybody who helped my family that night. But most importantly I would like to say thank you to Kevin. I am one of the survivors of that horrific night. If it had not been for him I would not be here along with the others of my family. Though Kevin and I never really got to know each other that well i will nevr forget him. I know for a fact that he loved my family and his children to. He loved Lori more than words could say. You could see it in his face. That night we had all given up none of us thought we would make it back to shore but my uncle Kevin made it to each one of us to help us calm down. I will forever be in his debt.
That night we were told we would not be able to sleep due to secoundary drowning, but my grandmother and my aunt lori told us that we needed our sleep, they watched us all night. Freaking out as we layed there somehow i manged to have a dream, but this was no dream. I heard Kevin's voice, he told me to tell everybody that he loves them and not to worry because he is okay, he is with our heavnly father in heavn, he told me to tell aunt lori that he loved her and not to cry for they would be together soon. He also told me to tell everybody else not to cry for he knew what he had to do. I know most of you will think this is crazy but i belive it was him.
My aunt says everybody has jobs on this earth that they are put here to do, and saving us was his last mission. They keep telling us not to blame our selves but our hearts and minds say to diffrent things. Im so sorry to his children, we never ment for any of that to happen, and to my aunt lori i love you with all my heart and no matter what we, as family will get threw this.
R.I.P Uncle Kevin, though you guys were not married yet you will always be in our family, we love and miss you so much, and from everyone of us that you gave your life to save ours, Thank you so much.

This man was the fiance of

This man was the fiance of one of my friends. They were to be married on Friday. He died a hero. I feel so bad for the family and to his fiance Lori. My prayers and concerns are with both families.

my hero

as the mother of two of the survivors i owe kevin everything.
He saved my daughters and for that i will always be grateful. My
heart goes out to his family and his children. i pray that both
our families will get through this horrible tragedy. to nicole and anthony
your father is the greatest man i have ever known. he is my hero
and i will never forget him.

As a Local, WILM, May I speak...

I wish too say on behalf of ALL residents, Of Wilmington & Brunswick Counties..

This Man "Gave his Life", so others could live on...

I wish, On behalf of Our long time residences AND People that have experienced our Blue~Green waters, However Tranquil, carries a deadly risk..
Warnings were posted..
The first 3 should~of heeded these *warnings*.

However, they, themselves may have never experienced "conditions" that attributed to this TRAGIC loss...

To Folks visiting, PLEASE, learn to "watch" the waters identifing Slews & "sloths", that produce these Strong currents.. In other words; Rip tides, or very Strong Long Shore currents...
Read the signs posted at such places like Carolina Beach, at Public accesses that Have pictures, "showing" examples of what Rips, and "slews", that Make these Deadly Currents, that could very well t will tire you,quickly; ending in PANIC, ending Your life, and possibly those of others...

I don't know, exactly, what the residents of Bald head Island have in terms of warnings, etc, though, for visiting AMERICANS, Such as this Man, Mr. Kevin Scott Roberts, 43, of Mt. Lookout, WV
Most likly didn't know, nor experienced Surf conditions that day, as the First 3 apperently Didn't...
In addition to the Proximity of the Mouth of the Cape Fear, well, Double your possible dangerious conditions...
Bald Head Should have a brochure, or Pamplet, that explains conditions, etc, for visiting residents, Seriously....
What's a few hundred bucks a year, IF it just saves ONE LIFE? Printing or adding such information to the Vacation Pamplet's...

To the Family of Mr. Kevin Scott Roberts, Please accept OUR most Sincere, Condolances, From Our Communities, Of Brunswick & New Hanover Counties, On your Tragic Loss, Kevin done what he could, successfully completing His Mission , saving 3 Lives... Giving up His Own..A Hero, in the sense of the Term, in everyones eyes & thoughts as well ...
I hope; I can speak for Our communities... Sincerly,from everyone, residing in New Hanover & Brunswick County Communities.
Peace,,,,
1AB

wouldn't work

There could be one hundred 10 foot tall warning signs and people wouldn't take the time to read it.

Really!

Iv tried to look over the comments, the rude comments that people have posted about my aunt and other adult family members not watching us that day on the beach. Im tired of seein them. If you dont know what acttually happend why dont you keep your mouth shut. My family is extreamly close and not only that but protective and let me tell you rude and stupid people who dont know what they are talking about something....if there were warning signs we wouldnt have even been around the water okay but there isnt. I dont apperciate you bascially calling my family irresonsable because they werent and thank you for making the 5 of us feel even worse about it...way to go

good

Thank you.

You are so right!!

Parents should be watching their children--it is almost the feeling that nothing can or will go wrong while on vacation, particularly to a place as beautiful and serene as BHI. This is also true of adults who decide to drink and swim, not a smart thing to do. It is a shame that someone went to rescue individuals who should have never been where they were. Where were the friends, relatives, parents of these people who by their actions basically could be responsible for an innocent person's death? There are also sharks at the point.

KEVIN RBERTS

TO: YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!
FIRST LET ME START BY ASKING YOU DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? IF SO DO YOU EVER LET THEM GO TO SOMEONE ELSE'S HOUSE? DO YOU LET THEM GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY? MAYBE THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU BUT ARE YOU ALWAYS GOING TO BE BESIDE THEM WHEN THEY START DRIVING, DATING SLIPPING AROUND SMOKING DOING DRUGS???? YOU CAN BE RIGHT BESIDE YOUR CHILD AND THEY CAN GET HURT. YOU CAN ONLY COMMENT ON SOMETHING BUT IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT YOU WOULD ONLY HOPE SOMEONE WOULD COME TO YOUR RESCUE.
YOU NEVER MET THIS MAN. I HAVE AND HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD. HIS WIFE DIED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND NOW HE FOUND HAPPINESS AGAIN IN HIS LIFE. HIS FAMILY I HURTING AND ALL YU CAN SAY IT WATCH FOR THE SIGNS AND KEEP AND EYE ON YOUR KIDS! WHEN PARENTS RUN OVER THEIR OWN CHILDREN WHERE IS THE OTHER PARENT?
WHY CAN'T YOU SAY IF THEIR IS ANYTHING I CAN SAY OR DO FOR THE FAMILY PLEASE LET ME KNOW... NOW HIS TWO CHILDRE HAVE (0) PARENTS TO EVER SEE GRANDCHILDREN OR NEED ADVICE FROM MOM OR DAD. I HAVE TWO OF MY OWN I HAVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. MINE IS 36 AND 32. RIGHT UNDER MY FEET THEY HAVE SLIPPED, GOT CUT, BRUISED, CUT LIP AND SO ON. NEXT TIME THINK BEFORE YOU JUMP IN TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT EXCEPT A SIGN.
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH HIS CHILDREN AND LORI. YOUR DAD WAS A TRUE HERO AND GAVE UP HIS OWN LIFE TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE. GOD HAS A PLAN IN EVERYONES LIVE OF HOW WE DIE AND THE PLAN IS ALREADY SET IN MOTION.. IF WE KNEW WE WOULD DIE IN A CAR WE WOULD NEVER GET IN ONE. I HOPE YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT THE FAMILY FOR A FEW MINUTES. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOU!!!!

Wouldn't work

I found your comment to be highly offensive at this time. If you do not know all the facts do not comment. My sister would not have let those kids go swimming if they had a sign posted where they were. And there were several people around and no one told them not to swim in that area. That is my family and I do not want them to be subjected to comments like this one. They are totally devastated. They said that Kevin was an awesome person and that they all loved him dearly. His family has suffered a great lose and do not need your comments like this one. Please be a little more compassionate in their time of mourning.

Too bad

Unfortunately for you, you do not have the right not to be offended. I never said anything about Kevin, I only stated warning signs are often ignored.
Don't like it, skip over my posting.

Hero, Kevin Roberts

Kevin is a hero, he gave his life to save others. That is just an example of how he lived. Kevin always had a smile on his face. I am more than proud of him.

That was my cousin

Kevin was my first cousin.. He will be missed so much! He risked his own life to help other save theirs. He is truely a hero!! We love you Kevin!!