National Park Service (NPS)

Surfing-related fatality occurs off beach in Rodanthe

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MANTEO–A 66-year-old male from North Carolina was found dead Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21) in the ocean off Rodanthe, Dare County.

A press release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said the man, with a surfboard attached to his ankle, was observed floating face-down in the water just north of the village.

Bystanders brought the man to shore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts. 

Shortly thereafter, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue and National Park Service rangers arrived on scene and pronounced the man dead.

The cause of death is unknown at this time and no further information was available.

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends our condolences to his family and friends during this very difficult time,” said David E. Hallac, Outer Banks Group superintendent.