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Two from Greenville rescued at beach

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By Sharieka Botex
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Emergency responders on Sunday came to the aid of a Greenville man who was the latest of several people to encounter trouble in the waters off Atlantic Beach recently, Atlantic Beach Fire Department Chief Adam W. Snyder said.

Fire Department rescuers about 11 a.m. on Sunday received a report of five people having trouble in the water about 100 yards east of the Double Tree Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Snyder said.

Paramedics started advanced life support including CPR on the 21-year-old man from Greenville who was pulled from the water after nearly drowning, Snyder said. Snyder said the man was on shore in cardiac arrest. 

The man, who was not identified, was transported to Carteret General Hospital where he was in critical condition on Sunday. A 19-year-old woman, also from Greenville, ingested a large amount of water but was in stable condition, Snyder said. 

“That is an unguarded beach,” Snyder said. “We were flying red flags today to recommend people not to swim.”

Red flag warnings have been up for the last several days to caution beachgoers about the high risk of rip currents and rough surf, Snyder said. 

He did not know how the Greenville resident on Sunday made it to shore.

Crews on Saturday responded to an incident where a 56-year-old man from the New Bern area died after rescuing two teenage girls who were screaming for help, Synder said.

The man rescued the teenagers from the Henderson access area, which is on the eastern part of the beach, Snyder said.  The area also is unguarded, he said. Rescuers administered CPR on the man, who suffered cardiac arrest. 

The man died after he was transported, Snyder said. 

Beachgoers are advised to stay in the area of the main circle and Atlantic, which is protected by lifeguards seven days a week, Snyder said.

There are three lifeguard stands, with five lifeguards working on the weekends and four working on the weekdays, he said. 

Contact Sharieka Botex at 252-329-9567 and sbotex@reflector.com. Follow her on Twitter @ShariekaB. 

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