The National Park Service reports that a 53-year-old male from Bellbrook Ohio died on Monday June 10 in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) near Buxton.

The water-related fatality occurred less than a mile north of the former location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. A family member brought the male visitor back to shore where CPR efforts were initiated by bystanders. The CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

National Park Service Rangers, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue, Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Dare County Sheriff Officers responded to the incident.

The cause of death is unknown until a medical examination is performed. This is the first water-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year. There were five fatalities in 2018, seven in 2017, and eight in 2016.

“Our staff offers our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “We urge all visitors to be very careful when swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.”


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