Local Man Dies After He Is Sucked Into North Carolina Rip Tide

Local Man Dies After He Is Sucked Into North Carolina Rip Tide (Image 1)

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue crews working on 25-year-old Edward Webber of Columbus after he was pulled out of the Atlantic Ocean.

He was caught in a rip tide Monday and spent 10 minutes under water before being pulled out. He died Tuesday evening at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

According to the local fire chief, Webber had anoxic brain injury, which is the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Webber was at a beach house with members of the Xenos Christian Fellowship, a Columbus-based cell church organization. 

Xenos pastor Steve Baur told NBC4 the gathering is not a church-sponsored event and that Webber was likely a friend of someone involved in the church.

Two years ago another Columbus young man, Kwesi Sample, drowned very close to this most recent near drowning during the Xenos gathering in North Carolina.

Currently, there is a lawsuit in Franklin County Civil Court saying Sample tragically drowned while participating in an activity planned and supervised by agents and group leaders of Xenos.

Lawyers for the church contend Xenos does not manage or sponsor the trip, and it has grown from participation by a few friends who on their own initiative decided to vacation together more than 20 years ago to the level of participation that now exists based on nothing more than the growing popularity of the outing.

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