UPDATE: 3-Year-Old Airlifted From North Topsail Beach Following Water Rescue

A three-year-old boy had to be rescued from the waters at North Topsail Beach after swimming with his mother on Thursday.

Town officials say EMS crews stabilized the child after he was pulled from the water. He was then flown by medical helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. His condition is unknown at this time.

On Friday, WITN spoke with parents and officials about the importance of being safe in the water.

The main thing parents and emergency service personnel stress is keeping a watchful eye on children at all times. Officials say it only takes a tablespoon of water to drown.

Brian Kelly with the Onslow County Emergency Service Team says they have performed swift rescue missions in all types of water situations. He suggests getting kids in swim lessons and talking to them about water safety.

Other safety precautions include accompanying your child while in the water and making less-able swimmers wear life jackets.

No word from officials about who was watching the child at the time and if there was any wrongdoing by the parent or guardian.
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A 3-year-old was airlifted to the hospital following a water rescue at one Onslow County beach.

Town officials say that the rescue happened aroun 1:50 p.m. in the area of Onslow County Beach Access #4 on New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach.

Fire and rescue units worked to stabilize the child for transport, who was then flown from the scene to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for further treatment.