Holden Beach drowning victim identified

Holden Beach drowning victim identified
2 people were found in a Pender County creek Thursday evening. According to Pender Fire and EMS Captain James Rowell, it happened in a creek off Highway 210 in the Long Creek area. (Source: Raycom Media)

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WECT) - The victim who drowned in Holden Beach after getting caught in a rip current Saturday has been identified.

According to Lt. Frank Dilworth with the Holden Beach Police Department, the victim has been identified as 20-year-old Patryck A. Bass of Charlotte, NC.

A good Samaritan, Charles Balsano, 24, of Pittsburgh, helped in rescuing Bass. Balsano was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dilworth stated that from the investigation, officials determined that Bass and his girlfriend were in distress.

Four other people went into the water to try to rescue them. Three came from the beach and one was an unidentified surfer. Balsano was one of the four.

Officials would like to remind swimmers to use caution and never swim alone.

"Rip currents typically form at breaks in sandbars and near structures such as jetties and piers," Dilworth stated in his press release. "Rip currents do not pull swimmers under but pull you away from shore and out to sea."

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, you should try to stay calm and float or tread water. Do not attempt to fight the current.

Swim parallel to the shore. Once you are free from the current , you should swim to shore at an angle away from the current.

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