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NY man drowns at Topsail Beach

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TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- According to the Topsail Beach Police Department a 55-year-old New York man drowned Sunday afternoon off of Topsail Beach. David Yanko of Williamsville, NY, and his wife were vacationing on Topsail Island for the week.

Yanko went for a swim in an area near the inlet that is known for its strong rip currents.

According to police, at this time it appears he was pulled out too far by the current and was underwater for close to five minutes before being pulled out of the water.

A doctor was on scene and able to assist in CPR, but they were unable to get Yanko to respond.

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I am Dave Yanko's daughter. Your information is inaccurate. My father was in the water when he had what appeared to be a heart attack. He was only underwater for a very short time, but because of the riptide it was difficult to get to him.

I would also l like to say thank you to the doctor who helped.