Pender County man drowns in Topsail Beach

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A man from Pender County has died after drowning at Topsail Beach.

Topsail Beach Chief Sam Gervase says there were dangerous rip currents on the beach when 62-year-old Jerry Thompson drowned.

Police say it happened near beach access 3 on North Anderson Boulevard Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. Investigators are not sure if any pre-existing medical conditions played a role or not, but they suspect the rip currents were a factor.

Gervase urges everyone to use caution with the ongoing dangerous rip currents. The investigation is ongoing.