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Man drowns after getting caught in rip current

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Officials said the man and his son were swimming in the ocean when they go into trouble due to the currents. Officials said the man and his son were swimming in the ocean when they go into trouble due to the currents.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A 72-year-old man drowned in Ocean Isle Beach Wednesday, according to Emergency Management Director Anthony Marzano.

Officials said the man and his son were swimming in the ocean when they go into trouble due to the currents.

According to Marzano, the son was able to make it back to shore, but the father went missing for a short time before being pulled from the water unresponsive.

Both the father and son were taken to the hospital, but the father didn't make it.

No other details about this incident have been released at this time.

More people will likely be at the beaches and in the ocean this week with the Fourth of July holiday. Beachgoers are reminded to pay attention to flags on the beach. If they are red, you should not swim.

Ocean Rescue says if you get caught up in a rip current the most important thing is not to panic, the current won't pull you all the way out to sea. Instead, you should swim parallel to the shore until you can get out of the rip current and start to swim in.

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