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Person dies at Oak Island beach

As the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicks off, the New Hanover County Sherriff’s Office wants to make sure you’re staying safe if you’re hitting the water.
Published: May. 29, 2022 at 3:59 AM EDT
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OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) - Rescuers were unable to resuscitate a swimmer on the coast of Oak Island on Saturday after nearly an hour of CPR.

Parked cars blocking beach accesses caused trouble to first responders trying to get to the person in need.

A post on the Oak Island Water Rescue Facebook page says that just after 2:00 p.m., several agencies responded to a call about a person in the water struggling to make it back to shore. The responding agencies included Oak Island Water Rescue, Fire Department and Police Department along with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard.

First responders tried to access the area by using the W. 23rd Street Beach Access but were unsuccessful due to parked vehicles blocking their way. Luckily, first responders made their way through another beach access, although it was also partially blocked by parked vehicles.

As teams worked their way to the scene, beachgoers that witnessed the ordeal rescued the person from the water and began CPR until OIFD arrived and paramedics could take over.

OIWR assisted with resuscitation efforts as OIFD helped with crowd management and talked to witnesses. Meanwhile, OIPD worked to clear the way through the blocked beach access so first responders could transport the victim to an ambulance. Unfortunately, rescuers were unable to rescue the person.

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