Rip currents drown 2 at Outer Banks

HATTERAS (AP) — Authorities say two swimmers have died in as many days in rip currents at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Parks Superintendent David Hallac says a 71-year-old man died when he was caught in a rip current off the community of Frisco on Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, a 67-year-old male swimmer died when he and a younger man were swept away by a rip current off Ocracoke Island. The younger man survived.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

Media outlets report that farther south along the coast, in Wrightsville Beach, rescue personnel saved 29 swimmers who got caught in rip currents on Thursday.

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