Kenly Man Drowns At Atlantic Beach

A Kenly man drowned Tuesday after being caught in a rip current at Atlantic Beach.

The Atlantic Beach Police Department said the incident happened at 1:45pm Tuesday near the 700 block of East Fort Macon Road.

Family and friends identified the victim as Austin “Catfish” Potter of Kenly. Potter was a 2013 graduate of North Johnston High School.

Potter reportedly got in the water when he saw a boy struggling in a rip current.  They could not make it back to the shore.

A rescue swimmer and an individual on a jet ski helped pull the two victims from the water. Both were pronounced dead a short time later at Carteret Health Care.

According to ABC11, Potter loved to fish and had a heart of gold.

The name of the second victim has not been released.