Raleigh teen drowns at NC beach

June 27, 2011 10:13:52 AM PDT
A Raleigh teenager drowned over the weekend while inner tubing with friends at Carolina Beach. Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer tells ABC11 that 19-year-old Geoffrey Okinyi of Palm Court in Raleigh was found dead on the beach strand near Harper Avenue just before 3 p.m. Sunday.

Okinyi was with two other friends on inner tubes, when a wave knocked them into the water.

None of the friends could swim; however, a person on a surfboard was able to rescue Okinyi's two friends.

Younginer says a lifeguard was not able to reach Okinyi before he went under water.

His death is the first drowning of the year at Carolina Beach. There were none last year and two in 2009.

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