Surf angler drowns at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

surf angler
Photo courtesy of National Parks Service.

46-year-old surf angler was from Northern Virginia

The National Parks Service stated a 46-year-old Northern Virginia man has died, apparently of drowning at a North Carolina beach. The victim’s body was found at 9:34 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2021. The park service did not release his name, but they have alerted the family.

The victim’s family said he was surf fishing just before his body was found. A visitor to the seashore saw the body floating in the ocean at the end of Pole Road toward the south end of Hatteras Island.

The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and two seashore rangers responded to the call. Family members said the surf angler was from Falls Church, Virginia.

Two other drownings along the Carolina coast during Memorial Day weekend

The National Weather Service reported rough conditions for the ocean at the time of the incident. This area of the coast is known for having rip currents and rough surf. Local authorities note that each year, several people die in the rough conditions along the Outer Banks. They suggest anyone going in the surf should take a floatation device with them.

Another man, 70-year-old William Dial Delahoyde of Raleigh, N.C. died Thursday, May 28 after he was pulled out of the surf at Kure Beach. The man was swimming when two bystanders noticed he was in distress. They were able to pull him to the beach.

The bystanders took steps to save the victim, then first responders showed up, but unfortunately it was too late. Delahoyde died at the scene according to Kure Beach police. The said the drowning took place near the 200 block of South Fort Fisher Blvd.

On Monday, May 31, another North Carolina resident drowned. One-year-old Gianna Dawkins of Fayetteville died from asphyxiation due to drowning in an Horry County, S.C. pond according to the Horry County (SC) Coroner’s Office.

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