DC woman who drowned in rough surf of North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Labor Day identified

The 28-year-old woman from Washington, D.C. who drowned on Labor Day in the rough surf on North Carolina's Outer Banks has been identified.

National Park Service officials say authorities were called to the village of Avon at Cape Hatteras National Seashore around 2:30 p.m. Monday for a report of an unresponsive woman in the water.

Witness say the woman, identified as Ferozan Walizai, was overtaken by strong waves and disappeared in the surf. She was later seen face-down in the rough ocean waters.

A bystander and a bodyboarder spotted Walizai and brought her to shore. EMS crews attempted to resuscitate her, but she died at the scene.

"The Seashore's thoughts are with the victim's family and friends after this tragic event," said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac in a statement.

Officials say the ocean conditions in the area Monday were reported to be rough with a high risk of rip currents.