HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. (AP) - A fourth person has drowned off a Brunswick County beach, where the risk for rip currents remains high.
Brunswick County coroner Greg White says 57-year-old Randall Joyce of Pfafftown drowned Thursday in the surf off Holden Beach.
Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano says Joyce was swimming with his wife and two adult children when the group got caught up in a rip current. He says all four were taken to a hospital, where Joyce was pronounced dead.
On Wednesday, one person drowned off Ocean Isle Beach and two off Sunset Beach.
The National Weather Service says a high rip current risk was in effect Friday for the coast of Brunswick County and Horry County, S.C., from North Myrtle Beach northward.
Officials say three people have drowned in incidents involving rip currents at Brunswick County beaches.
County Emergency Management Director Anthony Marzano said that 72-year-old William Nicolaro of Palm Beach, Fla., was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials say he went under the surf off Ocean Isle Beach.
Marzano says Nicolaro's son made it to shore and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
County coroner Greg White says 54-year-old Mitchell McLean of Wilkesboro was pronounced dead at a hospital after being pulled from the surf at Sunset Beach.
Officials say he was trying to save Mary Anne Galway and a friend. Galway died from cardiac arrest at the hospital.
The National Weather Service warns that the likelihood of rip currents remains moderate for the Fourth of July holiday.