A man and child pulled from the surf in Atlantic Beach Tuesday have died, according to authorities.
Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Mike Simpson and Atlantic Beach Police Chief Jeff Harvey said this morning they are collaborating on finalizing details on the incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon between Money Island and the Oceanana Pier about 1:40 pm.
According to authorities, there were fire crews working nearby on the beach at the time of the incident that were able to quickly respond to the swimmers in distress and able to recover both victims.
Crews transported the victims to the pier where Atlantic Beach and Morehead City rescue units were standing by. The victims were then transport to Carteret Health Care where they were pronounced deceased.
Authorities are not releasing names and ages of the victims at this time.
A man and a child were pulled from the ocean in Atlantic Beach early Tuesday afternoon.
One witness reported AB EMS performing CPR on the man. A second witness reported that the beach warning flag in that area was red at the time, indicating dangerous swimming conditions. Other areas of the beach were flying yellow flags, indicating moderate risk.
It has not been confirmed whether or not rip current was a factor in this incident.
This is the fourth water rescue on the banks this year so far. Three people died in two separate incidents in Emerald Isle over the past few weeks.
This is a developing story.
Helen Kerr Outland and Taylor McCune contributed to this report