A second person has died after a powerful rip current swept a group of people out to sea at a Seabrook, New Hampshire, beach on Sunday, officials said.
Six swimmers were rescued after they were caught in a “severe rip current” at Seabrook Beach around 12:30 p.m., Town Manager William Manzi said. A 49-year-old man from Methuen was taken to the hopsital and died, New Hampshire State Police said Sunday.
A 47-year-old woman, also from Methuen, died Monday morning, said State Police Officer Nicholas Haroutunian, who is investigating the incident. The woman was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital after being rescued from the water.
The four other swimmers were not injured, State Police said.
The beach remained open Monday, though a swim advisory was in place, the town said.
“It’s just awful news,” Manzi said. “It’s quite traumatic, and obviously our hearts go out to the folks that were caught in it.”
Manzi said the town issued a Code Red alert to warn beachgoers about the current.© Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File Seabrook Beach in 2016.
The ocean at Seabrook Beach was not exceptionally rough on Sunday, the National Weather Service said. Waves reached 3 to 4 feet and the beach was listed as “low risk” for rip currents, weather service meteorologist John Jensenius said.
“It was not a day when we were expecting really strong rip currents in the area,” he said.
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