KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A man drowned while swimming off the Kure Beach coast this morning, according to the Kure Beach Fire Department.
The Kure Beach Police Department says emergency crews were dispatched to the G Avenue beach access around 10:15 a.m. in reference to a water rescue.
KBPD says rescue swimmers were able to pull an unresponsive man from the water and began lifesaving measures, but were unsuccessful.
WWAY spoke to the family of a man who tried to tried to save the victim. They were too upset to speak on camera, but shared with us what they saw.
They say a man, who appeared to be in his 40’s, was fishing on the beach when he walked down to the water to wash his hands. They say a wave knocked him down, and he got sucked out into the ocean by what appeared to be a rip current.
The bystander rushed to swim out and try to help the man, but they say the water was too rough. The Kure Beach Police Department has not confirmed this eyewitness account.
The man died on the beach, officials say.
The police department will release the swimmer’s identity after notifying next of kin.
KBPD says the NC Medical Examiners Officer will determine the official cause of death.
There was a higher threat for rip currents at area beaches today due to Hurricane Lorenzo.