Man dies after being caught in rip current off Outer Banks

(Photo: Jon Sullivan)

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. (AP) — A man from Virginia has died after being caught in a rip current off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Southern Shores police have identified the man as 68-year-old John Albright of Blacksburg, Virginia. His body was pulled from the water around noon Saturday. Bystanders tried to revive him before paramedics arrived.

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WRAL in Raleigh reports that Albright’s wife was also caught in the rip current but she managed to make it out safely.

The first rule for swimmers caught in a rip current: stay calm. Experts recommend that people caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the shore until they’re out of its pull.