Park officials on the North Carolina coast say the body of a Pennsylvania man was found floating in the ocean.
The National Park Service said in a news release the unidentified 79-year-old man was discovered 30 yards from the beach Saturday near the north end of Buxton at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.
A bystander who tried to resuscitate the man, and emergency personnel continued efforts to revive him after responding to a call around 2 p.m.
Although rip currents were forecast for the area and the man was found in the water, the park service said the cause of death is unknown.
It’s the first swimming-related fatality off Cape Hatters National Seashore area in 2018. There were seven swimming-related fatalities in 2017 and eight in 2016.