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Mother And Baby Die In Drowning Incident; Husband Survives

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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Rangers were dispatched to Buxton Beach early on the evening of July 25th to investigate a report of two swimmers in distress. They found a man and woman face down in the ocean about 20 yards from shore. As rangers and off-duty lifeguards worked to rescue the 37-year-old man, bystanders entered the water and brought his 31-year-old wife to shore and began CPR on her. He soon responded and began breathing on his own; CPR was begun on her and a pulse was obtained during the ambulance transport to the Avon Medical Center, but she lost all vital signs on the flight to Norfolk General Hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival there. The woman was six months pregnant; her baby also died. There appear to have been strong rip currents in the area at the time of the incident.



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