Man Drowns From Rip Tide Off NC Coast

The National Park Service says a California man has drowned after being caught in a rip current off a North Carolina beach.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that 50-year-old Keith M. Goldstein of San Francisco drowned Friday afternoon when he was caught in the dangerous surf off Mirlo Beach. Chief Ranger Paul Stevens of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore says Goldstein and two other people were caught in the surf. Stevens says a family member rescued the other two people, and another person pulled Goldstein from the water. He was pronounced dead at The Outer Banks Hospital.

Stevens says this was the sixth drowning at the seashore this year.


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  • by Bestman on Nov 22, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    Mirlo Beach requires the posting of warning signs immediately. It is negligent not to do so. Fear of lost tourism, asthetic debates, or the argument that swimmers will not read them are absurd. Statistically speaking the apparent prolific drowning rate in this specific coastal area simply cannot be ignored. Denial and all the other arguments against warning signs are missing the point as the death toll rises. In the end the minor cost of the signs are of no consequence when compared to the precious life lost of this heroic man and the others who predeceased him, as well as those who will post decease him if the warnings are not posted. The status quo is not working period. What if it was your father? What ever agency, and or person, is in charge of protecting people in this area you are called upon here and now to take charge,make things safer, and make it happen.
  • by Fred Location: West Chester, pA on Sep 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    We were in Waves last week. Though there are no signs posted, the media, and even the Weather Channel made it quite clear that a rip current was possible. Since I am a tourist, I also noticed that there is a warning about the pitential danger of rip currents posted to the refrigerator, it has been in every rental property that I have ever stayed at in the OBX. It is sad that this gentleman lost his life. But you can hardly expect signs to be put up over so many miles of unguarded beaches.
  • by Tiffany Location: Gettysburg, PA on Sep 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    I am Keith Goldstein's niece and I have to say that I am quite offended and shocked by James' comments. It's easy for you to think my uncle was just another "dumb tourist" when you don't know what really happened. There were no lifeguards and NO SIGNS posted in the area the day he passed. Another man drowned at the same spot as my uncle 2 days before, and still, no notices were erected. It was also the 6th drowning there that summer. As a matter of fact, my Uncle Keith was the one who taught me how to swim in the ocean. We spent many summer days at Robert Moses and Jones Beach on Long Island riding waves. The only reason my uncle went in the water in the first place was to save his son and niece who were caught in the riptide. So, James... my uncle was not an idiot, he was a hero. How dare you input your ignorant opinion on such a sensitive subject.
  • by Licia Location: OBX on May 19, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    I'm very sorry for the loss the famiy suffered. Mirlo Beach is not a lifeguarded beach. It is owned by the park service. You swim at your own risk. Usually the only locals who go into the water at times of rough surf are surfers. The one thing everyone needs to remember when at the beach, never turn your back on the ocean and even when it is just a little rough, don't go in the water.
  • by Bob Location: San Francisco on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Aside from being mean-spirited, the comments made by James also reflects his lack of knowledge of the California coastline. Keith lived in San Francisco which has some of the roughest surf in the United States and has similar issues with rip tides (Baker Beach)and "tourists" who sadly lose their lifes each year. I'm sure there has been a "local" or 2 both in SF and Hatteras that have not used common sense when dealing with dangerous ocean conditions. In any case Keith was a wonderful person who died too young.
  • by Jeff Location: Long Island on Dec 6, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    For your information James, Keith grew up on Long Island and he was no stranger to the ocean. We spent countless summers at Jones Beach. For whatever reason he ended up in the water, this is just a tragedy
  • by Dave Location: Virginia on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I was there when Keith Goldstein drowned. He was a fantastic human being and he was just enjoying teh day with his family. There were NO warnings posted where he was
  • by sloan Location: chicago on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    I was the one who dragged Stanley out of the water - and his wife -- that day. He was already unconscious when I got to him and his wife, and there were currents but no real rip tides I do not think. It was a very sad thing, but I do not think there was a warning that day.
  • by James Location: Dare County on Sep 22, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    FYI, I am no tansplant. The warnings had been up all week. This was not a sudden change. That rarely happens. I never said he was not a good man. Just the mentality of a tourist. To many tourist are injured or killed here every year because they think the warnings or advisories do not apply to them. The locals know and respect the ocean that is why you do not read about them being drowned during times of bad rip currents. We know what can happen in an instant during those conditions. The past three deaths could have been prevented if common sense was used. If that offends some then i wonder about the own common sense.
  • by Jenni Location: Morehead on Sep 22, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Sorry for the idiot comment from 'James'. He is probably a transplant himself. The ocean is subject to change at any moment and anyone with sense knows that. (But not James). Very sorry for the family's loss.
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