Skip to comments.Woman drowns in Emerald Isle, adding to string of rip current deaths on NC coast
Posted on 08/06/2018 2:04:15 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
Emerald Isle, N.C. A woman from Kentucky drowned Sunday while on vacation in Emerald Isle, according to officials.
In a Facebook post, the Town of Emerald Isle stated that Donna Sue Miller, 49, became caught in a rip current with her friend and her friend's 9-year-old daughter.
According to the post, the three were swimming near The Islander Hotel around 7 p.m. when the drowning occured. Officials say Miller was found facedown in the water and was carried to the shore by onlookers. The others made it safely to shore.
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This drowning evidently did not occur when there were red flag warnings about riptides at this beach.
But as the article says, rip currents can happen suddenly. It was just a tragedy for this woman to drown.
I cannot remember a summer with so many drowning deaths along the NC Coast until this one.
"...Emerald Isle rip current..."
Yeah, rip tides and under tow is not usually a big threat in Kentucky.
Around here they post what to do when being pulled out to sea. Swim parallel to the beach till youre out of the current then you can swim for shore.
Very glad you made it out okay. This is just a terrible year for drownings along our coast.
We went to a SC beach this weekend an I reviewed that bit of advice with the family before we got out of the car.
Sad news for her family - I’ve spent a lot of time on the water - boating, swimming, water skiing, commercial and sport fishing, surfing and sailing. I’ve come to the conclusion the ocean doesn’t really want us in it.
I think you’re right. I was in the ocean like a fish in my youth....but no more.
Aren’t people taught the standard drown-proofing jellyfish float anymore? Takes no energy at all.
Almost drowned at Ft. Morgan under similar conditions. Tore muscles in my right side. I’m a good swimmer with lifeguard training. NEVER underestimate nature. It’s bigger than we are.
I guess not.
Okay so..been in some rip tides...and you don't want to go parallel to the beach,,you want to go with the rip tide...out to sea...until you can turn right or left.
Maybe that is what you meant...
Saw a kid...maybe 16 getting pulled out by a rip tide...I was on my surf board.
He was panicking a little ...I followed...asked him if he was a good swimmer...he said yes...I said just go out to sea...with the current. I followed...he became calm...and I eased up to him...and he rested hanging onto my board.
Thanked me...and swam back to shore....
Rips are deadly...if you don't know what to do. Of course worse if you are not a good swimmer..
Yep, one of the most eye opening events for me was the first time I went swimming In Hawaii, the strength of the water was incredible, especially if all your used to is the Gulf off of Texas.
Sad,it is hard to convince people of the danger of rip current been caught in them many times, fighting will kill you, go with the flow and you will survive.
Especially for women. If you float just below the surface with natural buoyancy women have, it’s easy. Just an occasional stroke to raise up for a breath.
Beaches are too crowded for me.
I never cared for Myrtle Beach or Charleston beaches.
Got caught in one at Myrtle Beach back in the late ‘70s - was young and strong but couldn’t win that sort of battle - ended up ‘taking the ride’ for almost half a mile sideways before it left me in position to make it to shore.
I would be not so afraid to swim parallel to the beach, but the thing that would freak me out is battling the fear that being so far out increases the odds that some creature with big nasty teeth might consider me a tasty morsel.
Ive lived on Long Island pretty much my entire life. I know sharks come into the beaches on occasion. Ive never seen them. I fish these waters too. Ive caught only small toothless dogfish sharks. Yeah people get bit by sharks and probably more get hit by bluefish when you swim into a bait ball they frenzy feeding on. But at least in these waters, you have a much better chance of drowning by fighting a riptide.
Riptides kill. Sharks? Not so much.
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