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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:20 PM
By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
OUTER BANKS, N.C. — A man jumped into the Outer Banks in an attempt to save three boys caught in a rip current and was himself pulled out to sea on Thursday.
Kenny Ray Gooch, 32, of Powells Point, tried to save his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son, who was swimming near the Kitty Hawk pier with two teens, when they were pulled 75 yards out by a rip current, WTKR reported.
Gooch rushed in to help but was pulled out to sea and disappeared.
Bystanders rescued the 12-year-old. The 19- and 14-year-old made it back to shore on their own, according to WTKR.
Gooch was later found by water rescuers who brought him to shore but were unable to revive him, according to WTKR.
Gooch is the eighth victim of the Outer Banks surf this year. Two years ago nine people died.