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Man missing off NC coast after rescuing child struggling in surf

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WNCN/WNCT) — Multiple units searched the north end of North Topsail Beach for a possible drowning victim Saturday afternoon.

Crews were looking for a 39-year-old man, according to Onslow County Emergency Medical Services chief Norman Bryson.

Bryson said the man entered the water to help save a child and then started struggling to get out.

The man was able to save the young child from drowning before it disappeared, North Topsail Beach Town manager Alice Derian told CBS 17. Others also helped save the child, Derian said.

The North Topsail Beach Fire Department and Police, along with the Coast Guard, responded in finding the man.

Derian said the rescue attempt for the man began around 2 p.m

Around 6 p.m., officials said they had to call off the search because of a small craft consultation. The water became too dangerous due to strong waves hitting the shore.

Derian said fire and police crews will conduct stops and searches throughout Saturday night, with full operations due to resume on Sunday morning.

Officials said they plan to resume the search at 8 a.m. Sunday.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/man-saves-child-at-nc-beach-but-now-could-be-possible-drowning-victim/ Man missing off NC coast after rescuing child struggling in surf

Dais Johnston

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