Thomas, Praml were on the field trip

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM.

After visiting the aquarium, the group went 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 a release last week from Craven County Schools.

According to witnesses, two students on the field trip, Will Blythe and Abby Clark, went into the water and helped rescue Poole along with a kayaker and another person on the beach.

Adam Snyder, Atlantic Beach fire chief, said that when Poole was brought out of the water, he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. Blythe and Thomas were performing CPR when rescue crews arrived.

Snyder described the sea conditions as relatively calm on the day of the field trip but said rip currents – a channel of water that flows strongly from the beach past the breaking waves into the ocean – can occur at anytime.

Snyder said Poole had started breathing and had a heart beat on the beach before he was rushed to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

Blythe refused a request for an interview, saying the focus needed to be on Poole and his recovery. Clark could not be reached.

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