Swimmer dies off North Carolina’s Outer Banks

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A Pennsylvania man died in the waters offshore of Ocracoke Island, according to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Rangers were called late Sunday morning after the 65-year-old swimmer went missing near the Pony Pen beach at the Seashore on Ocracoke Island, and say he was quickly found face down about 60 yards from the beach.

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They say efforts to provide CPR were not successful.

“Our team at Cape Hatteras National Seashore sends our most sincere condolences to this man’s family following the very sad loss that occurred today off the Seashore’s beach on Ocracoke Island. While we don’t know the cause of this tragic event, our staff observed rip currents in the area and moderately rough surf conditions. We strongly urge swimmers to take great caution when entering the Atlantic Ocean where swimming can be challenging for even the most experienced swimmers,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed.