Stay out of the water, high risk of rip currents today

Courtesy NWS

Heading to the beach today? The National Weather Service recommends staying out of the water. There is a high risk of rip currents along the Outer Banks today.

“On top of that, we are seeing some rough surf out there, so definitely a dangerous day in the water!” the weather service said. “Otherwise a sunny and nice Easter for everyone, as long as you stay on land.”

At Emerald Island, one teenage swimmer was rescued and another remained missing Sunday afternoon after a distress call Friday for two swimmers in trouble. And in Norfolk, a search is underway for 63-year-old Paul Youngk, who was reportedly aboard his sailing vessel when it capsized early Sunday morning.

Last year, nine people drowned along Outer Banks beaches, including 4-year-old Wesley Belisle, who was walking with his mom on the beach in Kitty Hawk April 25 when they were both knocked down by a wave. Wesley’s body was found five days later in Carova.

You can learn more about rip currents at weather.gov/beach/mhx

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