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Man drowns, 3 children rescued from Memorial Park beach in Carteret County

May 27, 2019

For the second time in as many days, a man drowned Sunday after he was apparently caught in a strong rip current off of Memorial Park beach in Carteret County, authorities said.

Three children were rescued from the water by bystanders and law enforcement officials, according to officials.

Authorities declined to identify the man who died, based on a request from his relatives, Pine Knoll Shores officials said in a written statement.

“The Town of Pine Knoll Shores extends its sympathy to the family and thanks the towns of Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach for their assistance,” said Julie Anderson, assistant town manager, said in the statement.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m.

The man was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water by lifeguards on duty

The young children were rushed for treatment to Carteret Healthcare, where they were listed Sunday in good condition, officials said.

According to Anderson, the Town had red flags posted all day Sunday that indicated a high rip current risk.

It was the second reported death this weekend attributed to rough seas.

A Virginia man with a home in Dare County along the the Outer Banks was killed Saturday after he apparently became caught in a rip current.

John Albright, 68, of Blacksburg, Virginia, and who had a home in Southern Shores, was pulled from the ocean in the area between First and Second avenues just after 12 p.m., Southern Shores police said in a written statement.

The man’s wife was also caught in the rip current but she apparently was able to make it out safely.

According to the National Weather Service, the rip current risk for Memorial Day is high.

The weather agency said swimmers going into the water along all North Carolina beaches from Duck to North Topsail should be especially careful given the string of recent drownings this season that have resulted from rip currents.

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