EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WITN) Camp Lejeune officials have released a statement confirming the drowning death of a Marine.
Lance Cpl. Justin A. Hinds died Saturday after being pulled from the water at Emerald Isle.
Hinds, a native of Avondale, Arizona served as an administrative specialist with Alpha Company, Headquarters and Support Battalion.
He joined the armed forces in June 2011 as a combat engineer with the U.S. Army, and deployed to Afghanistan from June 2011 to June 2012.
He then joined the U.S. Army National Guard from April 2014 to December 2015, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps the following month.
Commanding officer Col. Scott Conway said, "The sudden loss of LCpl Hinds is absolutely devastating for the the entire command. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Marines during this difficult time."
A local marine has died after being pulled from the water at Emerald Isle Saturday afternoon.
Emerald Isle Police say a call was received at 4:23 p.m. by Carteret County Emergency Communications for a swimmer in distress in the 9100 block of the Emerald Isle Beach strand.
Upon arrival, the victim, Justin Andrew Hinds, 28, of Avondale, Arizona had already been pulled to shore by friends who were with him. Emergency personnel performed lifesaving tactics before transporting Hinds to Carteret Health Care, where he was later pronounced dead by hospital staff.
Hinds was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Town beach parks were marked with yellow flags on Saturday, representing a moderate risk of strong currents.
Emerald Isle officials say that a 28-year old man had to be rescued from the water today.
Officials confirm that the man had to be transported to Carteret Health Care, but his condition is unknown at this time.
We are continuing to gather more information. We expect more details later and will keep you updated both on-air and online.