PINE KNOLL SHORES — In a news release around noon Tuesday, town officials identified the man who drowned Sunday off the Memorial Park beach access as Ernest Earl Foster Jr., 38, a “well respected high school teacher in Guilford County.”

Mr. Foster, according to the release, grew up in in Wilson County and, “The Town’s thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and students.”

In a separate release Tuesday, the town said Mayor Ken Jones “will hold a live press interview … Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Town Hall to provide information on the Town’s beach safety measures. Interviews, televised or otherwise, will not be available until this scheduled event.”

According to weekend news release from the town, emergency crews responded to a water rescue call involving multiple people around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Foster was pulled from the water after a search.

“The Town had red flags posted all day Sunday indicating a high rip current risk,” the release states. “The Town of Pine Knoll Shores extends its sympathy to the family and thanks the towns of Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach for their assistance.”

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

 

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PINE KNOLL SHORES — An unidentified man died Sunday afternoon after a beach rescue near the Memorial Park beach access in Pine Knoll Shores.

According to a news release from the town at about 6:15 p.m., “Just prior to 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon … Pine Knoll Shores (PKS) emergency response units were dispatched to the Memorial Park beach access for a water rescue of multiple victims.

“Upon arrival, PKS emergency responders requested mutual aid from neighboring units. With the help of flotation devices, two members of the public had successfully reached three children.

“One of the minor children and a Good Samaritan were assisted to the shore by a PKS law enforcement officer.

“The other two minor children and another Good Samaritan were brought in on jet ski by PKS EMS. The adult male, however, could not be located and a search ensued with the help of Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach emergency response crews and equipment.

“After several minutes of searching, the male patient was located and removed from the water via jet ski by Atlantic Beach lifeguards,” the news release continued.

 “Paramedics from PKS and Indian Beach performed CPR on the male patient while other responders tended to the children.

“These remaining family members were transported to Carteret Healthcare in good condition.

“The Town has made notification to the family and regrets to report that the adult male victim did not survive his injuries. Per the family’s request, the Town is not identifying the victim at this time.

“The Town had red flags posted all day Sunday indicating a high rip current risk,” the release states. “The Town of Pine Knoll Shores extends its sympathy to the family and thanks the towns of Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach for their assistance.”

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

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