PINE KNOLL SHORES - A swimmer in distress was rescued from the ocean Sunday afternoon in Pine Knoll Shores.
First responders with the Pine Knoll Shores Fire/EMS Department responded to a call at 3 p.m. Sunday of a swimmer in distress off the beach in front of the Ocean Terrace condominium complex. Fire/EMS staff arrived and rescued a 30-40 year old male, whose family had called the department.
Pine Knoll Shores Police Chief Ryan Thompson said the man was conscious when he was rescued from the water. Emergency medical technicians transported the patient to Carteret HealthCare.
"We have red flags up currently (on the beach)," Chief Thompson. "Hopefully that will be the only water rescue we have this weekend."
Pine Knoll Shores staff post warning flags on their beaches at the public beach accesses to warn people of potentially hazardous swimming conditions. Yellow flags mean rough but not life-threatening conditions are present, and beachgoers should swim with caution. Red flags means life-threatening conditions are present, and swimming may be prohibited.