The Coast Guard is searching for the body of a 4-year-old Manchester, NH, boy who was swept away by the current while on vacation on the beach in North Carolina with his mother on Wednesday, according to Manchester Ink Link.

Kitty Hawk Police Department are saying it was a freak accident, the article reports.

What a nightmare for the Mother and the family of this little boy.

According to the Red Cross, here are a few safety tips on dealing with rip currents:

  • Stay calm.  Don't fight the current.  Really tough to teach a little boy.
  • If you can swim, and maybe this little boy didn't know how, but if you can, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.
  • If you can't swim to the shore, float until you are free from the raging waters
  • Call for help any way you can.  I am certain that the boy and his Mother screamed for help.
  • Check conditions before you go to the beach.  The tides may be too rough to go near at certain times.  Something I've never done before bringing my kids to the beach, but I will now.

May that little boy rest in peace. My heart breaks for his family.