Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

File photo of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

A 53-year-old Ohio man died in the Atlantic Ocean along the Outer Banks on Monday.

The National Park Service said the man died off Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Buxton, N.C., less than a mile north of the former location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Authorities — including the National Park Service, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue, Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Dare County Sheriff’s Office — responded to the 911 call at 11:49 a.m.

“Our staff offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “We urge all visitors to be very careful when swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.”

The Park Service said a family member brought the man, who is from Bellbrook, Ohio, to shore where bystanders attempted CPR. The victim was not using a flotation device, and the cause of death is unknown until a medical examination can be performed.

The Park Service said a high risk of rip currents was forecast for most of the beaches along the shore on Monday.

— From staff reports

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