SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. — SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man is the eighth victim of the rough Outer Banks surf during this year's beach vacation season.
News outlets report 32-year-old Kenny Ray Gooch of Powells Point died Thursday evening after trying to save his girlfriend's sons from a rip current. Southern Shores Police Chief David Kole says three boys were swimming near the Kitty Hawk pier when the current pulled them away from shore.
"We could just see a head going down, then a head coming back up and going down, and just struggling really and he went down and didn`t come back up," said beach-goer Julia Haferman.
Gooch rushed into the water to help, but was also tugged out to sea and disappeared from sight. Kole says bystanders rescued a 12-year-old while and the two other teens made it back to land on their own.
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