Va. father drowns at N.C. beach trying to help daughters swimming

(Town of Emerald Isle)

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WSET) -- A father from Virginia died Friday after officials said he swam into the Atlantic Ocean to help his daughters who were having trouble swimming.

The Carteret County News-Times reported that 48-year-old Charles Austin Joy, of Beaverdam, was in cardiac arrest when emergency workers got to the scene.

His children were brought back to shore safely, a witness told the newspaper.

EMS crews said Joy drowned near Bogue Banks at around 7:13 p.m. Friday.

On-duty lifeguards leave the beach around 5:30 p.m. during summer months.

The newspaper reported that Friday was a 'yellow flag' day and swimmers were told to swim with caution due to moderate currents.

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