Dad Drowns Trying to Save His Daughters

And a swimmer goes missing about 100 miles away in NC
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2016 2:30 PM CDT
In an undated file photo provided by, a view from the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse shows the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore.   (AP Photo/,Bill Russ, File)

(Newser) – A father drowned Monday along the North Carolina coast trying to save his three daughters, WJHL reports. Rick Brown's girls were caught in a rip current off Shackleford Banks, and the 35-year-old Piney Flats, Tenn., man was unable to get back to shore on his own after trying to retrieve them. The girls were ultimately rescued by a boater. An off-duty paramedic in a nearby boat came to Brown's aid and started CPR, but Brown went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His employer said the Brown family had been vacationing in Emerald Isle, report WNCN.

Meanwhile, about 100 miles away in North Carolina's Wrightsville Beach, a 58-year-old swimmer is missing. Chuck Kuebler set off from his home around 7:45am Tuesday and never returned. One beachgoer saw a swimmer during the 8am hour, but it's unclear if it was Kuebler, who was wearing black trunks with a yellow stripe. Some of his items were found on the strand near a beach access point. A search is underway, Star News Online reports. (Read more North Carolina stories.)

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