Sad news from CHNS

Sad news from CHNS




A 53 yr old Ohio man died yesterday off the shore of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Buxton less then a mile north of the former location of the lighthouse.

The exact cause has not been determined according to article I saw.

They were broadcasting a high possibility of rip currents south of Oregon Inlet yesterday & moderate to the north.








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I saw this on FB the other day. It always breaks my heart to read about these drownings. A vacationer there for a good time, and now his family has to g home without one of its members. I can’t imagine. Please be cautious of the rips or any other dangerous ocean conditions. Learn how to swim out of a rip and difficult as it may be don’t panic and stay calm as you can. Crying smiley


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So very sad. For those that haven't already heard this, another self saving technique is just to float (please see link below). Often times folks that are caught in a rip current, not knowing they were in one, have already exhausted themselves. Or, they are already so panicked, swimming parallel to the shore further exhausts them and they cannot sustain their breathing above the water line.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2089696/everything-you-know-about-surviving-rip-currents-wrong

A good practice (for those that haven't gotten comfortable spotting a rip) is to, while still waist deep or so, allow your feet to come off the ocean sand - if you feel your feet moving oceanward, you may just be in a rip - fully stand and walk to shore/parallel to the beach.

Last $.02, folks in peril don't wave their arms and call for help - they are already exhausted and just trying to get their mouth/nose above the water line - watch (I know, this may sound weird) their hair line. If their hair is down in their face and they are not trying to clear it and they are relatively motionless in the water - it's very possible they are about to go under.

Be careful out there and be vigilant!


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I had seen this as well. Horribly sad and worse.

That's an interesting article in Outside Online, OceanBlue. Definitely worth reading the full piece. I hope I'm never caught in one but if I am I hope I can keep calm and remember all of the advice.

Thanks for posting about this, River.


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As a kid I used to watch Magnum PI. Anytime I read or see anything about rip currents I remember the episode where he was caught in one. I think that episode did more to burn the dangers of rip currents into my mind than anything else, as a kid I always thought if a special forces vet gets caught in one and is worried, I better be extra careful. That was probably 30 yrs ago, the things that stick with you eh? Tragic ending to a life. Condolences to their family.


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That is a great article on rips and how to handle them. I like the float idea, staying calm is harder than it sounds. I’ve been in rips I walked out of, in full panic and struggle. Hard to fight that panic.


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Great read, OceanBlue! Another vote for float. I've thought about floating before and wondered if it would work. Floating in saltwater is almost effortless and it might leave a lot of time for rescue in the event you just kept going out. I hope I never have to put it to the test.


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