TRAGIC: Swansboro by Sail Capt. victim of a drowning incident Thursday evening

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.

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

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.

-Raeford Brown

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.

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

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Local marine drowned being caught in a rip current on Emerald Isle this weekend

Justin Hinds, age 28

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at approximately 4:23pm, Emerald Island PD, EMS & Fire responded to a 9-11 call at the 9100 block of the Emerald Island Beach Strand in reference to a reported swimmer in distress.

This swimmer was identified as a local Marine, 28-year-old Justin Hinds, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Hinds is a native of Avondale, AZ.

Additionally, Hinds was a husband and father to two young boys. The flags indicated “moderate” (yellow flag) wave conditions and risks this week, as well as on the beach at the time of the incident.

Several beach goers and experienced surfers have said there are no life guards on duty at this time of year and the rip currents are more aggressive than anything they’ve seen on EI. Lifeguards don’t begin watch until around Mid-May. Swimmers and Beach goers are urged to use caution and take heed to the flag warning systems in place as precautionary measures.

Hinds was transported to Carteret Health center after being taken from the water by friends who were also on the beach at the time. He was pronounced dead by Carteret Health Center medical staff.