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Update: Emerald Isle drowning victim identified

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EMERALD ISLE, N.C. -

Another drowning off the North Carolina coast.

Emerald Isle Police said 18-year-old Marcel Albu drowned near Oceanview Drive Thursday. He was an exchange student from Moldova.

It's at least the fourth drowning in recent weeks.

You may think you can tell if someone is drowning; flailing arms, screaming, etc.

But lifeguards 9 On Your Side spoke with said a lot of time people in trouble will simply bob up and down, going virtually unnoticed to people around them.

"Hollywood doesn't really do a great job of depicting it," said Ben Ansel, Atlantic Beach Lifeguard. "I mean sometimes, maybe, but its not just like, 'Help, I'm drowning!' And then we go. It's really hard to depict sometimes, to tell if someone really needs help out here actually."

Several witnesses told police they saw the student and thought he was snorkeling, but realized the victim was rolling in the surf unresponsive.

Emerald Isle Rescue responded and transported the victim to Carteret General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police worked with the U.S. State Department and the Moldova Embassy to notify Albu's family.

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