Raleigh Man Dies At Atlantic Beach

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

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.

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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.


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  • by anonymous family member Location: NC on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Same as the other anonymous - this man has gone to the beach his whole life and never had trouble. Just a terrible accident. His family is devastated.
  • by anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    This fine man owned property on the beach and has been swimming there for years. He swam everyday in the ocean. Apparently either a heart attack or rip current played a role.
  • by Concerned Location: Gville on Jul 1, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    The hotels and others need to let folks know if undercurrent, etc. I find that this is probably the reason given that others in the area had difficulty.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    Once again if the ocean dont swallow you a shark will.Stay out of the ocean.
  • by AB Surfer on Jul 1, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Wow, isn't that the second drowning this week on the Crystal Coast? I surfed there this morning and the current and waves were pretty docile and the current wasn't bad at all. Please folks, if you're not an experienced ocean swimmer, either stay out of the water or be very careful. Not a good start to the holiday weekend.
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      by obx local on Jul 1, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to AB Surfer
      You would think people who weren't experienced swimmers would stay out the ocean. Stuff like this happens every year and yet people still go out there having never been near the ocean. People its not a lake or a swimming pool, if you go out ankle deep and have trouble getting back in chances are the current is strong and if you arent strong enough to fight that little bit of current dont even try to go deeper.
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        by IBX local on Jul 1, 2011 at 06:07 PM in reply to obx local
        The ocean doesn't care if you are or are not an expert swimmer.
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          by Me on Jul 1, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to IBX local
          I agree. The ocean doesn't discriminate between non-swimmers and expert swimmers. Everyone who enters is at a potential danger.
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        by sc on Jul 1, 2011 at 06:20 PM in reply to obx local
        Experienced swimmers can drown also! The ocean is stronger than an experienced swimmer. And you can't assume he wasn't experienced unless you knew him. Just because you know how to swim does not mean you are superman in the ocean. We all need to use our instinct when something doesn't feel right don't do it! I was down there Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday and the waves were brutal. I had trouble trying to stand my ground, so I got out and I was only just above knee level. People please be carefull:)
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          by AB Surfer on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM in reply to sc
          Well, without knowing if this drowning was caused by a heart attack or not, we're all just speculating. I also made a point of saying experienced -ocean- swimmer. The beaches here are no swimming pool. An experienced -ocean- swimmer should understand how to deal with surf and currents. Doesn't take a superman, although if you want to call me that, that's OK too. ;)
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      by Audra on Jul 2, 2011 at 01:29 AM in reply to AB Surfer
      AB Surfer, how does one become an experienced ocean swimmer without swimming in the ocean?
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        by AB Surfer on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:16 AM in reply to Audra
        One doesn't. Although the news article doesn't say this, but when the lifeguards post yellow flags, that's a cautionary sign that currents may be dangerous. Yellow flags were out all week.
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          by Audra on Jul 2, 2011 at 09:52 PM in reply to AB Surfer
          Then what you meant to say was stay out of the ocean if yellow flags are out (if inexperienced). Looks to be pretty well determined at this point that wasn't even an issue here though... condolences to the family, either way.
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