Police on the North Carolina coast say a man drowned after going into the Atlantic Ocean to try to save his daughter and another child from a rip current. News outlets report Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon says 47-year-old Van Whitley of Mt. Gilead went into the water on Tuesday evening after his 11-year-old daughter and her friend were caught in a rip current. Dixon says the children were able to get out of the water, but Whitley began to struggle. The chief says emergency workers brought Whitley to shore, but were unable to resuscitate him.