Missing man identified after North Topsail Beach drowning

Recovery efforts for the man's body continues Monday.
Recovery efforts for the man's body continues Monday.(WITN)
Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 8:17 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2022 at 1:38 PM EDT
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NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WITN) - The name of a man who is believed to have drowned this weekend at North Topsail Beach has been released.

Police said they are now conducting a recovery effort for the body of Antwaun Jackson, of Jacksonville.

Onslow County Emergency Services Director Norman Bryson said the 39-year-old man went out into the water to help a child that was struggling to swim on Saturday afternoon. Jackson was able to bring the child back to safety but then began struggling himself.

Crews began searching the water for him but returned to shore when a small-craft advisory went into effect because of rough waters.

According to officials, the search transitioned to a recovery mission Sunday afternoon and into Monday with crews continuing to search along the shore.

The North Topsail beach fire and police departments were the primary responders working to save the man. They were helped by the Coast Guard and other agencies from Onslow and Pender counties.

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