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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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38 Comments on "UPDATE: Tourist drowns while helping rescue other swimmers"


Esther
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

shawn saxton
2015 years 9 months ago

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

Esther
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

Shelia
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

Esther
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

 

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