One man is dead following swimming-related incident at Cape Hatteras

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A 79-year-old man is dead in what authorities are calling a swimming-related incident off Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

It happened Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Multiple agencies responded to the 911 call, including Dare County Emergency Medial Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Seashore Rangers.

According to a release from the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, a bystander spotted the man in the water without a flotation device.

The bystander tried to resuscitate the man, but was unsuccessful.

The victim was visiting from Pennsylvania.

Although rip currents were forecast for the area and the victim was found in the water, his cause of death is unknown at this time.

This is the first swimming-related death off the shore this year.

There were seven swimming-related deaths in 2017, and eight in 2018.

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