A reminder for anyone who may not know: If caught in a riptide, simply swim parallel to the beach until you get away from it. The strongest swimmer in the world will drown trying to come straight in.
A high school QB has drowned on Thursday, just weeks before he was set to graduate.
The tragedy has stunned the boy's North Carolina high school colleagues, who are now mourning the death of the promising quarterback.
QB Shak Pershey was swimming with a group of friends when he went missing at about 7 p.m. local time on Thursday night, according to WNCT. His disappearance sparked a massive search, which involved the coast guard, as well as a marine corps helicopter. However, as the night rolled in and with waters becoming rougher, the search was eventually called off.
Pershey's body was eventually found at about 2 a.m. off the coast of North Topsail Beach, according to reports.
Stuart Turille, who is the town manager of North Topsail Beach, has said: "I believe the young man may have been caught in some sort of cross current that may have pulled him down."
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