ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — Police in Atlantic Beach said a man and a boy died Tuesday after getting caught in rough surf. The two were pulled from the water just before 2 p.m. near the Oceanana Pier.

Relatives identified the man as Austin "Catfish" Potter, 24, of Kenly. He had attended North Johnston High School and worked at LongHorn Steakhouse, according to one of his social media profiles.

His father, Donald Potter, said he moved to the beach with his family from Johnston County because "they love the water."

On Wednesday, he was coming to grips with the heroic last moments of his son's life.

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