Husband And Wife Drown In OBX

A husband and wife drowned in the Outer Banks Friday afternoon.

Sister station, WAVY-TV reports a couple visiting from Pennsylvania drowned in Nags Head after 1 PM.

The station says 54-year-old Benhamin Howe and his wife, 56-year-old Debra Greene, were swimming off the 8400 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road when they stepped off a sandbar and never made it back to shore.

Nags Head first responders were able to bring the couple inland where they performed CPR.

The couple was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital where they were pronounced dead.


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  • by Andrea Location: Ohio on Sep 2, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    Teaching anyone how to respond to a rip current #1 is do not panic, is the best way to help guard against these drownings. Anyone who is not a good swimmer should not go in past the first drop-even if only a few inches. There are directions for coming back in from a rip current all over the place in the OBX,please take them seriously. Seriously, it's the panic that leads to too many people drowning. I learned when I was 5,I've taught my kids and had sit-down discussions with any guests we bring. Keep a cool head, or don't go out that far! My sympathies for these families of the victims also.
  • by Tim Location: Newport News, VA on Sep 1, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    My condolences to this family, such a tragedy. There have been a lot of drownings in the OBX this year. I am not a strong swimmer and have great respect for the ocean. Parents, please watch your kids at the beach, sometimes I am amazed at the little ones out there alone. I have 2 adult children who are strong swimmers and surf and I worry about them every time they go out. People who are strong swimmers also drown. When those red flags are out people, please pay attention and never swim alone.
  • by Jeff Location: Virginia on Sep 1, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    I am a strong swimmer and nearly lost my life in the OBX while on a family vacation several years ago. Some of the locals which I have talked to say that drowns occur frequently in the OBX. Does anyone know of a source of information that could help quantify this?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    There actually is a lifeguard stand on that side of Nags Head. Nags Head Ocean Rescue guards from MP10 until MP21, with stands every mile or so. The guards have about a 300 yard radius that they watch from the stand with roaming ATV's. The couple was far enough south from the stand the lifeguards wouldn't have seen them right away. Hargrove bathhouse is about 700 to 800 yards up the beach from where the couple drown and there is a lifeguard stand at that location.
  • by MikeDean Location: Sanford on Aug 23, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    My wife and I spend alot of time at the OBX. During the day mostly on the National Seashore just across the bridge due to our dog. I am constantly watching people let their children go out in this water! To answer below poster, NO lifeguards on this part of beach and no signs of warning. It's fairly obvious you shouldn't play around in this surf. I can swim very well but know this is not water I want to go in. We were there in Kill Devil Hills a few weeks back and watched a lifeguard pull a fully clothed woman out of the water, and she was waaaaay out. She could hardly walk when they got her to shore. Be very careful. If the ocean is so rough you wonder if you should go, DON'T.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 23, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    It's ashame how there have been so many drownings this summer down here. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family (especially the kids) of the couple. KM, they don't have any lifeguards on that side of Nags Head. Tim, you are one lucky man to be so close as you were. The Ocean is something everybody, including us surfers and recreational fisherman have to take serious, and all the locals do take it serious. The Ocean is such a beautiful paradise, but it can be deadly as well.
  • by to KM on Aug 23, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    There are no life guards there...so sorry to hear about another drowning this year. There have been so many!
  • by KM Location: MD on Aug 23, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    Were there life guards on this beach? All the articles I've read I haven't heard anything about them.
  • by Donna Location: Ayden on Aug 22, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    This is just so tragic! My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this couple.
  • by Jane on Aug 22, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the family and friends. We were at the beach on Friday and were all so saddened by the news. We have been thinking about it since. To the family and friends: May God be with all of you during this time and offer comfort and peace.
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