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OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people are on the beaches and in the ocean celebrating Independence Day, but Wednesdays drownings still have people pretty shaken up.

Two of three swimmers pulled from the ocean at Sunset Beach Wednesday afternoon have died, including a North Carolina judge.

Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano says a call came in about three people in distress in the water at about 3:13 p.m.

By the time emergency crews arrived, all three were out of the water, but two of the swimmers were unresponsive, Marzano said. All three were taken to the hospital.

Mitchell McLean, 54, was pronounced dead. He served as Chief District Court Judge for the 23rd Judicial District, which includes Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany and Yadkin counties.

Mary Anne Galway, of Waxhaw was airlifted to New Hanover Regional where she was also pronounced dead. A third victim, Galway’s husband, was treated and released from the hospital.

In all, three drownings were reported Wednesday in Brunswick County. A 72-year-old man from Florida drowned a few hours earlier just up the coast in Ocean Isle Beach.

People we spoke too Thursday say they are still worried about their children getting in the water.

”We were here yesterday when the gentleman down on the beach drowned. It’s just been scary because the kids go out just knee deep. It’s scary that were here and we don’t have any lifeguards here on Ocean Isle Beach,” said Johann Wheatley.

(Photo courtesy: www.yadkinripple.com)

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2015 years 11 months ago

People can be ignorant. They dont watch the news where they DO tell you the conditions AND at every beach access there is riptide information in OIB. This is the beach I live at and love and I hate to see those that blatantly ignore the risks of swimming in the ocean. Next time, maybe people will stop and read the information that the town has posted at the access in the event that you do get stuck in rip current.

2015 years 11 months ago

I am so glad that you are ok. I was on the beach making sandcastles with my kids when I saw some men holding you up at the edge of the water. There appeared to be enough help so I stayed back. So glad you are ok. I did not know what happened. The water was rough but I really did not think it was any rougher or the undertows any stronger than times I have been in the water at St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach or Daytona where they have life guards. But I did… Read more »

Joyce Eveler
2015 years 11 months ago

My son, Danny Eveler, was one of the young men that rescued these swimmers. He called me after leaving the beach and him and his baseball buddies were pretty shook up. He was upset they could not do more for the victims. I told him they were there for their swimming abilities and others were there for the CPR skills. Prayers to the victims and their families.

2015 years 11 months ago

Were you being pulled underwater or just being dragged out to sea?

2015 years 11 months ago

The Honorable Mitchell “Mitch” Mclean has been a close personal friend of mine for years. Working in the court system you get close to these Judges and he was one of the most fairest Judges I have ever worked with. Not only were we friends on a personal level, he was a dear friend to me and Wilkes County lost a true HERO. Even in the court room he had a job to do, but he would always try to help people get there lives back on the right track no matter the situation. When I… Read more »

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