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Man drowns at Virginia Beach Oceanfront: ‘Kids don’t need to be in this water’

Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 12:36:17-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A man drowned at 34th Street around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.

When officers arrived on scene the citizens on the beach located the adult male swimmer and pulled him out of the water, WTKR reported.

Emergency medical crews responded and attempted to revive the victim on the beach.

The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

WTKR spoke with beach goers hours later and one mother and daughter said the waves were so strong it almost took them under.

"We were jumping over a wave and when we went over it dragged us under and it flipped me and I hit my head on the ground and it drug me farther out and it drug her closer to shore," Emily Posten said.

City leaders want to remind everyone that lifeguard patrols ended on all resort beaches last Monday, but some people believe they should still be around until November.

"It's still warm and many people are still coming out here," said Sherry Posten. "It's been crowded all day today. I've seen kids in there [the water] and after what happened to us, kids don't need to be in this water."

People should be aware of rough surf and don't go in the water if conditions are too hard. City leaders said to never swim alone and always use the buddy system.