A 28-year-old woman from Washington, D.C., died Monday afternoon in a water-related incident in front of the village of Avon at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore).
- At approximately 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4, a 911 call was placed to report an unresponsive visitor in the ocean in the northern section of the village of Avon.
- A witness stated that the 28-year-old woman was overtaken by strong waves and disappeared in the surf.
- Shortly after disappearing in the surf, the victim was observed face-down in rough ocean conditions.
- A bystander and bodyboarder, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Seashore law enforcement rangers responded to the incident.
- A bystander and visitor with a body board assisted with bringing the woman to shore.
- Unfortunately, cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
- Ocean conditions in the area were reported to be rough with a high risk of rip currents.
“The Seashore’s thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends after this tragic event,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.