DUCK, N.C. (AP) -

Officials in Duck say a Virginia man has drowned in moderate surf.

Town manager Christopher Layton says 39-year-old Joseph Marotta of Lynchburg, Va., was pulled from the water by public safety personnel who immediately began performing CPR before Dare County paramedics arrived.

Marotta was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. Surf conditions were described as good with a low risk of rip currents and a water temperature of 64 degrees. 

Randolph College President John Klein said Marotta had been a controller at the school since February 2012. Klein said Marotta was vacationing with his wife and five children.

Here is the complete statement from Randolph College:

The Randolph College community is both shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Joe Marotta. Joe was a much-loved member of the Randolph community and will be missed. He had been with the College since February 2012 and was an excellent controller, bringing strong experience and skills to his job.  In a short time, he improved our audit, our control of student accounts, our control of assets and many other aspects of his position.

Joe most often could be seen on campus with a smile on his face, and we were extremely proud of him in the fall when he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon for Holy Cross Catholic Church after years of preparation. He was a fine person and respected and loved by many in our community.  In his new role of deacon, Joe performed with joy and grace the College's Baccalaureate service at graduation in May.  The Randolph community is grieved by Joe's loss and extends its thoughts and prayers to Joe's family and friends, especially his wife, Katie, and their five young children.