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Father drowns saving twin daughters in Atlantic Ocean

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -- A Virginia father died Friday after he swam into the Atlantic Ocean to help his twin daughters who were having trouble swimming, according to his colleague at a real estate firm.

The man, identified as 48-year-old Charles Austin Joy, was in cardiac arrest when emergency workers arrived to help.

The family annually vacations at Atlantic Beach, though this particular trip was a surprise for the kids who just finished school.

The two girls were challenged by the current and their father swam out to save them. The children were brought back to shore safely.

"We picked him up and performed advanced cardiac life support," Atlantic Beach Fire/EMS Chief Adam Snyder said in an interview with Carolina Coast publication. "We couldn’t get a response."

Joy drowned near Bogue Banks about 7:13 p.m. On-duty lifeguards leave the beach about 5:30 p.m. during summer months.

Snyder said it was a "yellow flag" day. Swimmers were advised to swim with caution because of moderate currents.

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