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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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