Friday, May 24, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release in regards to a call at approximately 5:30pm on May 23, 2019 to assist with a drowning that occurred in Swansboro. The victim, a 55-year-old white male was recovered in the late afternoon in the intracoastal waterway near the Hwy 24 bridge in Swansboro.
Preliminary investigation reveals that the drowning has been ruled accidental and that no foul play is suspected. Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office have met with officers from North Carolina Wildlife and shared our investigation.
The OCSO is not releasing or confirming the victim’s identity at this time.
Live and Local Radio Host, Raeford Brown reported via social media prior to the sheriffs office release:
A fatal boating mishap in Swansboro last night. An investigation is underway to determine what happened. Michael F. Dunleavy, 55, died when he either fell or was knocked overboard. He and a friend were aboard his 34 foot sailboat, “Fevre”, out for a short spin, when it’s believed a breeze caused the sailing vessel’s boom to hit Mr. Dunleavy, knocking him into the water. His wife was at a downtown restaurant, awaiting his return. Details are still sketchy.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.
Swansboro by Sail confirmed the report from Radio Host, Raeford Brown with a post informing supporters and followers that the Captain had passed.
The communities prayers and condolences are with his wife, family, friends, frequent passengers and colleagues.
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