A Havelock High School student who was the victim of a near drowning at Fort Macon is now being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
The student, Glenn Poole, was with a group of students on a field trip Thursday when he had to be rescued from the Atlantic Ocean just after noon.
Poole was initially taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead and was in critical condition but was later transferred to the Greenville hospital.
A Vidant spokesman confirmed Friday that Poole was in the hospital but said his parents have requested that no information on his condition be released.
According to a release from Craven County Schools, about 40 students from four classes from Havelock High went on the field trip to the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Macon State Park.
The group, which included two teachers, had gone to the main bath house beach at Fort Macon where the incident occurred. With summer over, there were no lifeguards at the beach.
Poole apparently got caught in a rip current and had to be rescued, according to the release.
Some of those involved in rescuing Poole were students, and one of the teachers and a student, identified as Will Blythe, administered CPR until rescue personnel from Atlantic Beach arrived on the scene.
Adam Snyder, Atlantic Beach fire chief, said that when Poole was brought out of the water, he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, but after CPR, Poole had started breathing again and had a heart beat.
He was rushed to Carteret General Hospital by an Atlantic Beach Fire Department rescue unit and transferred to Vidant Medical Center later Thursday.
A statement issued Friday morning by Craven County Schools indicated that parents of the students on the field trip were issued permission slips. The field trip met system policies for having instructional objectives that fit into the instructional program and received system approval, according to the release.
However, according to the release, the field trip request from Havelock High as well as the parent permission slips did not indicate that swimming or entering the water would be part of the day’s activities.
But one student on the trip in a post on the Havelock News website indicated that swimming was part of the day.
“We all knew we were going swimming,” student Alfonzo Martinez posted. “We wrote it down on the permission slips. Nearly everyone brought bathing suits, the beach was a planned part of the trip.”
Students who were on the field trip and others have posted messages of support for Poole through Facebook and the Havelock News, and have credited those at the beach for taking action to help rescue him.
“Teamwork was put into action,” posted student Tatiana Adkins, a senior. “If it wasn’t for some of the students and the two teachers that were with us, it would (have) been a lot worse. Right now we shouldn’t focus on the could of, should of, and would ofs but on the fact that we all should be praying and never losing hope.”