Woman mourns 5-year-old son, boyfriend killed after rip current pulls both under at Atlantic Beach

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — You couldn’t keep 5-year-old Liam out of the water.

“He loved the water,” Erin Peoples told WNCN. “Loved the water. We’ve been out to the beach 15, 20 times since it warmed up.”

On Tuesday, while out on a fishing trip at Atlantic Beach, Peoples’ boyfriend 24-year-old Austin Potter and Liam decided to take a dip.

“There’s a sandbar out there. The water was knee high. Nothing different than anything we’ve done in the previous trips we made. Before I...

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