Drowning at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras

Tragedy struck a beachgoer on Sept. 4, 2023 when a 28-year-old female died. The victim was visiting for Labor Day from Washington, DC, and apparently drowned in rough water that officials said had a high risk of rip currents.

The incident took place around 2:30 p.m.in the northern section of Avon. After a witness saw the woman overtaken by the waves, the victim disappeared in the surf, then reappeared face-down.

The Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and Seashore Law Enforcement responded to the incident. Two bystanders helped bring the woman to shore, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

David Hallac, Superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, spoke briefly about the incident.

“The Seashore’s thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends after this tragic event,” he said.


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