Four swimmers pulled from rough surf at Emerald Isle
A 48-year old Jacksonville man was in critical condition Sunday after being pulled from the water near Emerald Isle, authorities said.
Authorities received a call for swimmers in distress near the Bogue Inlet Pier at about 2 p.m. By the time first responders reached the beach, four swimmers had been pulled ashore by surfers, according to NBC affiliate WITN.
CPR was performed on one man, who was then taken a nearby hospital.
Yellow warning flags, indicating potentially high surf or dangerous currents, were flying at the Emerald Isle beach on Sunday, authorities said.
Five people have died along the central North Carolina coast in the past month, with rip currents blamed for at least four of the deaths:
Experts advise swimming parallel to the shore when caught in a rip current instead of fighting against it. Once you’re out of the current, you can then head to shore. If you’re unable to swim out, float or tread water till you get out and can swim to shore.
If you’re still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by facing the shore, waving your arms and yelling for help.