State ranked fourth in country in rip current deaths

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 09:11 PM.

Officials would also like to increase education among tourists who don’t live on the coast and may not know basic information about rip currents, but that process will take time, Pfaff said.

“For people with no experience who are coming from interior areas — it’s just a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not something where we’re going to flip the switch and everyone is informed. It’s just a continual process. The more people we get engaged with it, the better it is for the communities.”

Rip statistics

Rip-current drownings in North Carolina in 2013: Seven

National rank: Fourth

Gender breakdown: Six males, one female

Where: Pine Knoll Shores (one), Topsail Beach (one), Oak Island (one), Sunset Beach (two), Holden Beach (one), Ocean Isle Beach (one)

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