UPDATE: Woman taken to hospital in critical condition after falling from boat
Witnesses said the woman had been screaming, fighting to stay above water for about 10 minutes before being rescued. (Source: MGN Online)
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) -
A woman was rescued from the water near Wrightsville Beach Wednesday night after falling from a boat.
Wrightsville Beach Police said they received calls about a woman being in the water near the Carolina Yacht Club.
According to Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House, officers were told three women were on the boat Wednesday night. When one of the women was at the front of the boat, the other two reportedly heard a splash and realized the victim had fallen in.
Chief House says according to information they were told, the two woman could not see the victim in the water. They reportedly began screaming for help. A person nearby on a canoe heard their calls and also began to search for the victim.
The person in the canoe reportedly found her in the water a good distance from the boat.
Witnesses on the scene said the woman had been screaming, fighting to stay above water for about 10 minutes before being rescued.
First responders began CPR and the woman reportedly had a pulse and was breathing when she was taken to the hospital.
Chief House says as of early Thursday morning she was listed in critical condition.
Her name is not being released at this time.
The person who was operating the boat has been charged according to police reports.
Wrightsville Beach Police officers say according to their reports, Linda Ipock Jenkins was cited for boating while impaired and reckless operation of a boat.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission is handling the investigation.