At least 20 rip current rescues reported at Wrightsville, Carolina Beach

May 27, 2019

Authorities have had to rescue at least 20 people from dangerous rip currents at Wrightsville and Carolina Beach, according to lifeguard reports and the National Weather Service.

Lifeguards reported 10 rip current-related rescues at Wrightsville Beach and another 10 at Carolina Beach, WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said. According to the NWS, despite the high number of rescues, Wrightsville and Carolina Beach were only at a moderate, or yellow, risk for rip currents Monday.

Along Morehead City beaches and most of North Carolina’s coast, the rip current risk on Monday was high, according to Campbell. However, no information about rescues in that area had been released Monday afternoon.

Summer is just under a month away, but rip current-related deaths are already rising in North Carolina.

A man drowned Sunday after he was apparently caught in a strong rip current off of Memorial Park beach in Carteret County, authorities said. 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.

At least eight drowning deaths have been reported along the central North Carolina coast in the past month, with rip currents blamed for at least six of the deaths.

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