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TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County woman is dead after witnesses say she went under in waters up to her neck at Topsail Beach Monday morning.

Topsail Beach police say the rescue call for help came in just before noon, but it was already too late to save the swimmer.

Police Chief Samuel Gervase says the drowning victim is a 66-year-old Laurel King from the beach community.

When rescue crews arrived on the scene, they say beach-goers were trying to perform CPR to revive the woman, but were unsuccessful.

Like many area beaches, Topsail does not employ lifeguards, so anyone who takes to the waves for a swim does so at his or her own risk.

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