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.
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.