Atlantic Beach police have identified a 68-year-old man who drowned at Atlantic Beach Friday afternoon as John Ira Moore of Raleigh. Fire Chief Adam Snyder says Moore was pronounced dead from drowning at Carteret General Hospital after he was pulled from the ocean this afternoon.
It happened near the Sheraton just before 4:00 p.m. Witnesses tell WITN News the man was floating on his back in the surf and someone pulled him onto the beach.
Snyder says rip currents could have been a factor in the drowning.
A middle-aged man had to be pulled from the surf this afternoon in Atlantic Beach.
It happened near the Sheraton just before 4:00 p.m. Witnesses tell WITN News that the man appeared to be around 50-years-old and he was floating on his back in the surf.
It wasn't until someone pulled the man out of the water that people in the area realized he was in trouble. Witnesses say rescue crews were performing CPR on the victim when they loaded him into an ambulance.
Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.