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Father dies trying to rescue daughters from rip current

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It happened Monday near Cape Lookout

A man died trying to rescue his daughters when they got swept up in a rip current at the North Carolina coast Monday.

Officials said 35-year-old Rick Brown of Tennessee man drowned near Shackleford Banks around 1 p.m.

Witnesses said Brown's three daughters were caught in a rip current on the west end of the island. They were rescued by bystanders and a man in a nearby boat.

Brown's wife also attempted to assist with getting the three daughters and her husband back to shore. However, the father wasn't able to make it back on his own.

An off-duty paramedic rescued the father and began CPR. The father was in cardiac arrest when an Atlantic Beach police vessel arrived. He was transported to Carteret Health Care, where he was pronounced dead.

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