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Man drowns after getting caught in rip current with son


OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The holiday weekend got off to a deadly start after a man drowned in the waters off Ocean Isle Beach this morning.

Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said a father and son were swimming at around 11:30 a.m. when they got caught up in a rip current and rough waters. The son was able to make it to shore. Rescuers pulled the father from the water. After attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim is identified as William Nicolaro, 72, of Palm Harbor, Florida.

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I was also appalled by the

I was also appalled by the lack of action on the part of OIB professionals. Was there a reason the medical team stood on the shore instead of at least sending guards or rescue boats out? I noticed that rescue boats eventually came to the scene, but this was long after the man had been taken to the hospital. I am aware of the danger of rip currents, but why would trained professionals let untrained people risk their lives to save the man instead of going out themselves?

could it be there are no

could it be there are no guards there? DING DING DING

OIB Rescuers did not pull

OIB Rescuers did not pull the victim from the ocean. Good Samaritans made up of emergency service workers from abroad and vacationers spotted the victim, swam against the dangerous currents and retrieved the gentleman and brought him to OIB Fire/Rescue, EMS personnel awaiting on the shore.

drowning along the NC coast

I lost my 36 year old brother at North Topsail on June 22. Thank God for these good Samaritans that at least tried to save this man from the water. My brother was not so lucky.
As a News channel, I am hoping that you can help persuade the local beaches or city councils to have red, yellow or green flags along beaches, signs on how to get out of a rip current or lifeguards as of days of old. Are not several lives worth saving? Maybe if it hurt the bottom dollar of the beaches, things would change.