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

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

“It wasn’t rough,” Snyder said. “but that doesn’t mean there are no rip currents out there. It was a beautiful day to be honest, but that kind of stuff can happen even on the nicest days.”

Snyder said he couldn’t get a whole lot of information in reference to what had happened because the crew was busy attempting to save the young man’s life.

“Our attention was trying to get him back,” Snyder said.

“When we asked we heard that he was out there swimming, got into trouble and that’s when they noticed him and then they went out there to go get him. Apparently he was caught in a rip current and couldn’t get in and they got to him and were able to get him in.”

“He was in cardiac arrest so we started ALS (advanced life support) and we were able to get a pulse on him before were left the park,” Snyder said. “We were able to revive him prior to leaving Fort Macon State Park.”

Snyder said it takes about two minutes to get to the beach access on emergency traffic from their fire station.

“He did go quite a bit of time without any oxygen, but fortunately we were able to get there quickly and provide CPR and ALS patient care, and get a pulse and get him to start breathing again,” Snyder said.

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