Rick Brown, his wife and their three daughters pose for a family photo.
Rick Brown, 35, jumped into the water at Shackleford Banks, a barrier island system off the cost of Carteret County, North Carolina, because the girls were in distress, according to Capt. Casey Arthur, with the Atlantic Beach Fire and Police Department.
“The mother and father both went out to rescue the girls,” Arthur said. “The parents got caught in the current near the inlet. The mother and the three children were rescued by bystanders on the shore and good Samaritans on a boat—the father was not able to get out.”
Detective Lt. Michael Panzarella, a homicide investigator with the Cateret County Sheriff’s Department, said there is still a lot of unconfirmed information about the accident.
“We’re still not sure if he was rescuing two or three children,” he said. “From what I’m hearing, there’s a conflict about how many of his daughters actually needed to be rescued.”
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