Man Dies While Trying To Save Grand Kids From Rip Current

A Virginia man died on Ocracoke Island while trying to save his two grandchildren, who were caught in a rip current.

73-year-old Stanley Dye of Amissville died Monday afternoon near the ramp 67 parking area. That's near the middle of the island.

The 15-year-old and 18-year-old youngsters managed to get back to land.

The National Park Service says there were two doctors who performed CPR and they are not ruling out that the man had a medical problem.


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  • by Lisa Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Spell Check...are you serious. This story is about a man that lost his life trying to save his grankids and all you can say is something stupid about spell check. Get a life. This family has had a great loss in their lives and I hope they find the strength to get through this. God Bless you all. My heart goes out to you and your family. He died a hero.
  • by smart as Location: greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    i don't know what we would do with out grammer man. get a life dude !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Grammar Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    To "spell check please": Don't forget that grandkids is one word. Bless that man who died knowing he was ready to sacrifice his life for someone else.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hyde County on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    A special Thanks needs to go out to the Hyde County EMS that responded.. So sad. My prayers are with the family.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Aug 19, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    These children will always have a TRUE hero in their grandfather. I hope they live their lives worthy of his sacrifice. This sounds like a familiar story, doesn't it. God bless the family.
  • by Spell Check Please on Aug 19, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    I was wondering why WITN did not have anything to say about the misspelling in your own headlines yet you pointed out the construction crew's word "MERDGE." Well the correct spelling is "TRYING" not "TRING." Goes to show you, what goes around comes around. Right
  • by Scott Location: Williamston on Aug 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Ahhhh. Well, at least he accomplished his mission, huh. God bless him. 73...not too bad. He was probably gonna go soon, anyway. At least he died a hero with honor and glory. No use sittin' around getting all old, useless and feeble, just takin' up space I always say. But that's just me. I'll gladly take my chance on a "blaze of glory" anyday. I'm just sayin'...
  • by SAD on Aug 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    What a way to man up. Love is the most powerful force on this planet. God has a special place for this granddad in heaven. God Bless Him.
  • by jeff on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    it is sad ,but if it is my time to go.What better way then to save someone I love.this man love his grandkids so much he die for them.that is a real man,.i have two and a wife kids and will do the same.THAT THE WAY I WANT TO DIE.
  • by Tom Location: Grandy on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    This is a very sad occurance and my heart goes out to the family. May God bless and console them during these difficult times. WITN needs to get more up-to-date with their news......this was on channel 13 (Virginia) news Monday evening. Which is a station that does carry local news for us. I will be surprised if you post this comment!
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