EMERALD ISLE, Carteret County - The town of Emerald Isle put out a warning Monday morning advising beachgoers to continue to stay out of the ocean due to dangerous rip currents.
According to Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush, the warning is in effect until further notice for the entire stretch of the 12 miles of beach in Emerald Isle. Beaches are marked with red flags, and will remain that way until conditions improve, Rush said.
Later Monday, the Town of Pine Knoll Shores issued a similar declaration.
This comes on the heels of two men dying over the weekend attempting to save others caught in the rip currents off on Atlantic Beach and a Wayne County teen dying after being caught in a rip current off of Emerald Isle the weekend before.
High Threat of Rip Currents again on Tuesday. Several area beaches have issued No Swimming Advisories. Stay Out of the Water! pic.twitter.com/xl07PZsNQS— NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) June 19, 2017
Almost simultaneously to the Emerald Isle announcement, the Emerald Isle Police Department said the second teenage swimmer that had been hospitalized after being rescued off Emerald Isle on June 10 had died. Tyreese Worsley, 16, of Goldsboro, died Monday morning at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, EIPD Chief James Reese said.
Elijah Hinnant, 17, also of Golsboro, was found dead in the water last Tuesday morning after going missing on June 10, as he was swimming with Worsley.
Rush said the Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will work in consultation with the National Weather Service to monitor the conditions to see when the red flag warnings can be removed.
The town is also hosting a trio of information sessions on the dangers of rip currents, starting Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Town Board meeting room, 7500 Emerald Drive. Sessions will also be held on Saturday, June 24 at 9 a.m., and Wednesday June 28, at 6 p.m., with identical information being presented at each session by the Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff.