Officials identify swimmer who died after being pulled from ocean in Surf City

Officials identify swimmer who died after being pulled from ocean in Surf City

SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) - Officials have identified the swimmer who died after being pulled from the ocean in Surf City Saturday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Surf City Fire Department, first responders were dispatched to Beach Access #8 in the 1200 block of North Shore Drive at around 12:38 p.m. after receiving reports of a swimmer who was in distress.

When Ocean Rescue arrived to the scene, they found by-standers attending to the victim — later identified as Kimberly Sabbagh, 44, of Bear Creek, NC — in the water.

Rescue personnel removed the Sabbagh from the ocean and started life-saving measures, however, she did not survive.

No other details have been released.

According to an online obituary for Sabbagh, she was born in Wilmington and graduated from UNCW with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is survived by her husband and three children.

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