Man, 55, dies while swimming in the ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore entrance at Whalebone Junction.

A 55-year-old man man visiting the Outer Banks died this morning while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on Hatteras Island.

The National Park Service responded to a 911 call at 10:54 a.m. from a friend of the victim, who was swimming near the northern entrance to the village of Buxton. The swimmer, from Horse Shoe in western North Carolina, had expressed feeling fatigued in the ocean with no flotation available, Cape Hatteras National Seashore said in a news release.

The park service said rip currents are not believed to be a factor in the man’s death and were not present at the scene.

Hatteras Island Rescue Squad crew members went into the ocean and brought the man to shore, where CPR was performed.

National Park Service rangers and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.

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