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Man on vacation dies after he, wife are swept away by Outer Banks riptide, NC cops say

How to survive if you get caught in a rip current

Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water. Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don't know what to do. This video shows you how to break the grip of the rip.
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Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water. Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don't know what to do. This video shows you how to break the grip of the rip.

A Virginia man visiting North Carolina for the Memorial Day holiday weekend was killed after he and his wife were swept out to sea by a rip current at an Outer Banks beach, police said.

The Southern Shores Police Department said John Albright died after being pulled from the ocean just after noon Saturday, WRAL reported.

Witnesses said the 68-year-old Blacksburg, Virginia, man and his wife were caught in a rip current, according to WAVY.

Albright’s wife, who escaped without injuries, returned to the ocean and tried to rescue her husband “who was further out in the water,” but was not able to pull him from the surf, per WDBJ.

When bystanders got Albright to the beach, he was unresponsive and CPR failed to revive him, OBX Today reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WTKR.

Police said the couple owned a home in Southern Shores, where a “moderate risk” for rip tide remained Sunday and for all of the Outer Banks, per WRAL.

Prior to this, seven water-related deaths have been reported in eastern North Carolina this year, according to WCTI.

Find out what potential dangers you should watch out for in North Carolina.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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