PINE KNOLL SHORES - A swimmer in distress was rescued from the ocean Sunday afternoon in Pine Knoll Shores. 

First responders with the Pine Knoll Shores Fire/EMS Department responded to a call at 3 p.m. Sunday of a swimmer in distress off the beach in front of the Ocean Terrace condominium complex. Fire/EMS staff arrived and rescued a 30-40 year old male, whose family had called the department. 

Pine Knoll Shores Police Chief Ryan Thompson said the man was conscious when he was rescued from the water. Emergency medical technicians transported the patient to Carteret HealthCare. 

"We have red flags up currently (on the beach)," Chief Thompson. "Hopefully that will be the only water rescue we have this weekend." 

Pine Knoll Shores staff post warning flags on their beaches at the public beach accesses to warn people of potentially hazardous swimming conditions. Yellow flags mean rough but not life-threatening conditions are present, and beachgoers should swim with caution. Red flags means life-threatening conditions are present, and swimming may be prohibited. 

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I love the visitors we have that come to our state and especially our beaches, but sometimes they leave their common sense at home.


Not sure what the answer is but this and the tragic incident on Friday of this holiday weekend and our future summer season require looking at by authorities for proactive approaches (extensive beach patrol utilizing 4 wheelers "gators", etc. ) and then if the souls survive citations, fines, etc. may be necessary..... Not sure how you enforce the uninformed, uneducated, and the foolishness of some but we will see more rescues and possible tragedy this season and that is unfortunate. Not only are the victims in danger but other folks attempting to help and professionals are also put in danger.

Last summer was bad. It is early and we already have had these two published incidents, how many have gone unpublished due to the frequency and /or seriousness of the interventions involved to help those in distress?

Funding $ is a requirement but it looks like those along the strand may have to come up with the $ and a plan. Strict enforcement although harsh may be necessary especially during red flag conditions. Common sense....well we all know where that is.


I was an ocean lifeguard at Atlantic beach for 7 summers. I used to seek riptides as a quick way to get to someone in distress. You just jump in and let the current help you get out quick. It’s nothing to be fearful of if you can swim. Once it gets deeper the current fades away.
I don’t think this is a matter of common sense. It is just being benighted to the ocean. People from Indiana generally don’t have experience with oceans. Cold hard fact. If you can’t swim. Don’t go past ankles. If you can swim and get in a rip, just chill out and let it take you. When it gets to about 7-8 feet it will die out and you can swim back a little to left or right.

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