ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – A young man is in critical condition after a pair were rescued from rip currents at Atlantic Beach on Sunday, officials said.
The Greenville males, ages 19 and 21, were rescued around 11 a.m. after getting caught in a rip current.
Atlantic Beach fire chief Adam Snyder told WNCT that the 21-year-old was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.
The rescue comes one day after a 56-year-old man died near the Henderson Avenue public beach access in Atlantic Beach after suffering cardiac arrest and drowning while trying to save two teenage girls from a rip current.
That rip current death is the second in just over a week along the Crystal Coast. Last Saturday, 17-year-old Elijah Hinnant of Goldsboro died after getting caught in a rip current in Emerald Isle. His body was spotted in the water by swimmers several days later.
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Red flags have been flying up and down the North Carolina coast since late last week for rough surf that is creating dangerous rip currents.