Marine dies after being pulled from Emerald Isle surf

EMERALD ISLE, NC (WWAY) — Justin Andrew Hinds, 28 of Avondale, Arizona has died after being pulled from the water in Emerald Isle on Saturday.

Officials say EMS got a call around 4:23 p.m., when they arrived, friends had pulled Hinds from the water.

He was taken to Carteret Health Care, where he died.

Hinds was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

In a press release, Emerald Isle Police Chief James A. Reese said town beach parks were marked with yellow flags indicating a moderate risk of strong currents at the time of this incident. The National Weather Service was reporting a moderate risk of rip currents.

The winds were out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph, with a water temperature of 67 degrees. Surf conditions were reported at 3-5 feet.

Sunday evening Camp Lejeune released a statement on Hinds’s passing saying, “It is with profound sadness that Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune confirms the drowning death of Lance Cpl. Justin A. Hinds Saturday at Emerald Island. Lance Cpl. Hinds served as an administrative specialist with Alpha Company, Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune.”

Lejeune officials inform WWAY that Hinds 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, prior to joining the U.S. Marine Corps the following month.

“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Marines during this difficult time. My sincere hope is that his loved ones can take some comfort knowing what a profound impact he had on those with whom he serve,” said Communications Strategy and Operations Director Nat Fahy. “He will be missed.”

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