Kayaker drowns at Holden Beach

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A California man is dead after drowning this morning at Holden Beach. Police say they got a call of a body in the water at Lockwood Folly Inlet around 10:15 a.m. By the time emergency workers arrived, a group of people was bringing 55-year-old Raymond Joseph Dracker to the shore and started CPR.

Dracker was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators say he was kayaking when he was hit by a wave trying to get out into the ocean.

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I was on the beach when this incident occurred. Several beachgoers tried to save Mr. Dracker. One young man in particular whose name I did not get was, in my opinion, the hero. He is 18 years old and a resident of Holden Beach. He saw the man and his would be rescuer beyond the swells and swam out to help, successfully helping both Mr. Dracker and the other swimmer get back close enough for other beachgoers to aid in bringing him to shore. This all happened rather quickly, but I would like for people to know it was just kind hearted every day people who made this rescue attempt and NOT the fire department or rescue people - they were still trying to get their boat in the water and started whenever Mr. Dracker was brought ashore. Mr. Dracker's family can rest assured, however, that the world still has caring people who risked their lives trying to save Mr. Dracker's.

thanks from the family