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Two Vacationers Die In Separate Drownings Wednesday On Outer Banks

Authorities confirm that a second person died Wednesday while swimming on the Outer Banks.

The National Park Service says Sandy Jassby, along with her husband and two family friends were swimming north of ramp 4 on Bodie Island.

The four were caught in the current around 4:15 p.m. The others were able to make it back and her husband pulled his wife in, but she had been underwater for too long, according to park spokeswoman Cyndy Holda.

They attempted CPR on the woman, but were unsuccessful. Holda says Jassby was pronounced dead at The Outer Banks Hospital.

The Park Service says the 46-year-old was from Diamondhead, Mississippi and friends say she and her husband had been in Washington earlier in the day to inspect progress on a boat they are having built.

Earlier in the day, a vacationer from Virginia died while swimming in Nags Head.

Officials say it happened around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday near mile post 20, just south of Limulus Street.

Authorities say lifeguards pulled two men to shore, and both were taken to The Outer Banks Hospital where the older man died. He has been identified at 49-year-old Gregory Balsley of Staunton. The other man, 21-year-old Justin Thomas, is expected to fully recover.

A rip current was present at the time of the accident, but they are still investigating whether drowning was the primary cause of the man's death. No caution flags were flying at the time of the mishap.


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