Yesterday evening I heard the sad news that a visitor on Ocracoke Island drowned late Saturday afternoon after being caught in a dangerous rip current. Such sobering news always affects Ocracoke residents. We have one of the most beautiful beaches in the country...and ocean swimming is almost always fun and relaxing. However, under certain conditions strong and dangerous currents can form, especially in association with off-shore storms. When visiting the island please stay informed about rip currents and ask our local life guards and park rangers about current conditions.
The full story is available at the island free press web site, along with valuable information about recognizing rip currents, and how to react if caught in one. Click here to read more.
Our hearts go out to the family of the gentleman who died Saturday.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the 1913 wreck of the 6-masted schooner, George W. Wells. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072110.htm.