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Friday memorial on the beach will honor NC’s latest drowning victim

Bryan Mims, WRAL reporterMay 17, 2019

The ocean can be deceiving. Even on days when the water looks calm, what’s under the surface can be dangerous.

That was the case for a man and boy who drowned Tuesday at Atlantic Beach. Erin Peoples said she watched helplessly as her boyfriend and her 5-year-old son were swept away.

It will be awhile before she is ready to return to the sand and surf, now the site of a family tragedy.

Atlantic Beach is only a half-hour drive from the home Peoples shared with Austin Potter in Havelock.

“We’ve been to the beach 15, 20 times since it warmed up,” she said.

Tuesday was another beach outing for the pair and Peoples’ two sons whom, she says, Potter loved like they were his own.

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