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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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He didn't risk his life, he gave his life to save others. He is a true hero and I am so sorry for your family's loss.

want to send my condolences

and am unable to get information from Mount Lookout obituaries. Met Dolly and Torrie and want to send them a card. I am simply heart broken.


Cynthia Rhudy,
I am Dollies sister and I spoke with Dolly and she said she would like to talk to you also. Send a message to the email address that April, her daughter, provided. I just wanted to tell you and everyone else that Dolly & her family appreciate everyones prayers. Kevin will be laid to rest on Sunday.

thank you for your prayers.

thank you for your prayers. My name is april. I am toris mother
and dollies daughter. i will let them know u are thinking of email is if u would like to keep in touch

So terribly sorry for your terrible misfortune.

I was at the shore as rescuers looked for your cousin and met and prayed with Dolly and Torrie. I was praying that if they found him he would be okay. My heartfelt prayers to each and everyone of you with your tragic loss. Please give my deepest regards to your entire family. Many of us were praying, and I was up most of the night praying for all of you not knowing if and how he could have made it in that vast ocean. I pray I can talk again with Dolly. My heart aches with you. I am unable to imagine your pain and suffering.

Cynthia Rhudy
Charlotte, NC


Kevin was engaged to my niece, Lori, and they were there to be married on the 8th. She was so happy to be with him. Kevin is loved by all of them. He is truly a great hero, he paid the ultimate price to save the lives of my family. The whole family that was there with him when it happened are devastated. All my love, thoughts, and prayers are with all his family and mine.

My heart goes out to your

My heart goes out to your family. We were just at bald head May 19th for my son's wedding and I could not imagine having such a tradgey happen on such a joyous occasion. My prayers go up to the whole famly.


Thank you for your kind words. Yes, he lost his life trying to save others.. I don't think his kids and fiance' has made it back home yet but should be getting here soon. His obituary will be in the Nicholas Chronicle out of Summersville, WV and probably the Charleston Gazette.

Thank you for praying.. He was Christian man, who knew if something ever happened to him he would be in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and with this we can find comfort.