Havelock High School group was on Crystal Coast when incident happened.

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 03:06 PM.

“Charlie Peek, spokesman for the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, said a group of 46 students and two chaperones from HavelockHigh Schoolarrived at the bathhouse area of the state park about 11 a.m.The bathhouse area is the park’s ocean-side beach access.

Several students were going into the ocean and one a long distance out started yelling for help.

A couple of the other students and a couple of park visitors, including one with a kayak, reportedly went out to assist the male student and were able to get him to shore with the help of the kayak, Peek said.

According to Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder, the first call of distress came just after noon.

“We were dispatched down there for a drowning and when we got there they were just bringing him out and laying him on the ground. We got there and the young man was in cardiac arrest,” Snyder said.

Snyder confirmed that a student and a teacher were just beginning CPR when the rescue crew arrived.

Snyder said the conditions in the ocean were not bad, just a little choppy.

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