Man Drowns Off Outer Banks

Officials are investigating a drowning off the Outer Banks, in what could be the second death related to rip currents in less than a week.

37-year-old Peter Howe of Vermont died Friday after drowning in the ocean off Kill Devil Hills. That's according to the Virginian Pilot newspaper. The report Howe might have gotten caught in a rip current about 75 feet away from the shore.

A 51 year old man drowned when he and his family got caught in a rip current at Ocracoke Island on August 7. John Wolf of Maryland and other family members got caught in a rip current, but Wolf did not survive.

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  • by Beach vacations Location: NC on Aug 17, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    It seems that many people who a first time (or who have very little experience) beach goers come to NC to enjoy our wonderful state. Unfortunately, rip currents are part of swimming in the ocean. I agree with Denise. Be observant of the flags/warnings and don't go out above your knees if you are the least bit questionable about your swimming skills. Prayers to the family.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 17, 2010 at 06:14 AM
    Those rip currents have been getting worse here lately. I pray that God will be with the man's family. Swimming parallel is the way to go when getting pulled out.
  • by Denise on Aug 17, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    So sorry to hear about people drowning this year. It seems that the number is increasing alot. I wish people would adhear to the warnings. I am an avid swimmer but I don't go out in the water no further than my knees if the flags are flying or I hear of the warnings on the news. Praying for the families.....

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