Town: Two men drown in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle (Photo: WNCT)

wo men died Sunday afternoon after drowning in the ocean at Emerald Isle.

Town Manager Matt Zapp says emergency services were called at about 4 p.m. for two swimmers in distress on the beach strand near Coast Guard Road and Ship Wreck Lane.

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Four surfers and a town lifeguard went into the water and pulled the two men — James Burton, 72, of Cornelius, and John Emerline, 73, of Raleigh — to shore and started lifesaving measures; emergency personnel continued that effort, which was unsuccessful.

Zapp said it appears Burton was swimming and appeared to be in trouble when Emerline went in to try and help him.