10-year-old dies after being caught in a rip current off North Carolina beach

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. – A Coast Guard rescue swimmer performed CPR on a 10-year-old boy, but he and other emergency medical personnel were unable to resuscitate him after finding him unresponsive in the surf at 4:18 p.m. Saturday.

Parents and lifeguards searched for the boy after he was caught in a rip tide and disappeared in the surf.

After responders were notified at about 2:20 p.m., the following crews assisted with the search:

* A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Wrightsville Beach
* An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City
* A Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane crew
* Carolina Beach lifeguards on jet skis
* A rescue boat crew from Carolina Beach Police Department

The rescue helicopter crew located the boy in the surf. A rescue swimmer was lowered in the water and brought the boy to the beach where he began CPR. The child was transferred to EMS who continued CPR en route to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

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