911 call released after body washes ashore in Carolina Beach

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach Police Department have released the identify of the man whose body washed ashore last week.

Police say 69-year-old Thomas James Dickerson, of Chapel Hill, was found unresponsive by a good Samaritan Thursday night near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

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In the 911 call, that good Samaritan said he tried to pull Dickerson completely out of the water, and that he did not seem to be breathing. The man also said he thought he saw Dickerson walk past them on the boardwalk earlier.

Good Samaritan: “Sorry, this is the first time I’ve seen something like this, so I’m freaking out a little bit.”

Dispatcher: “I understand. I want you to focus on talking to me. You did pull him out of the water, correct?”



Good Samaritan: “I did. I dragged him away.”

Dispatcher: “Okay. I understand that he was in the water and I don’t want you to touch him again if you’re not comfortable, but did he feel cold to the touch?”

Good Samaritan: “Yeah, he’s definitely cold.”

The official cause of death will be determined by the NC Office of The Medical Examiner.

CBPD says no foul play is suspected at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.