Three dead within four days while swimming at Outer Banks

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

FRISCO, N.C. (WSET) -- In the past four days, three people have died while swimming in the Outer Banks.

Two men died in separate incidents while swimming off Cape Hatteras Seashore Wednesday, withing hours of each other.

The first incident was Wednesday morning, around 10 a.m., when police said a 55-year-old North Carolina man was swimming in the water and got swept away from a sandbar near Frisco, police said it's possible he got caught in a rip current.

The National Park Service said a bystander tried to swim out and help the man, but didn't make it in time.

Eventually the victim's body washed up and two people tried to perform CPR, but were unsuccesful.

"My thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends after this tragic event," said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

At around 4:45 p.m., another 55-year-old man, visiting from Massachusetts, was found floating three feet from shore near Ocracoke Island.

The National Park Service said he was brought ashore and a bystander tried to perform CPR before emergency crews arrived and took over, but the man ultimately passed away.

"Today has been a very hard day at Cape Hatteras National Seashore," Hallac added. "Our staff offer our sincere condolences for the loss of two visitors. We urge everyone to be very careful when swimming in the Atlantic Ocean."

This is the second and third swimming deaths in the Outer Banks in just the last four days.

On Sunday, June 3 a 79-year-old man was found floating in the ocean off Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, near Buxton.

Officials said a bystander brought him to shore and tried to perform CPR, but he was unsuccessful.

The National Parks of Eastern North Carolina said there were seven swimming-related fatalities in 2017, and eight in 2016.

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