Columbus Man Dies After Rescuing Children From Ocean


UPDATED: Tuesday July 16, 2013 6:34 PM

A Columbus man has died after rescuing his two children in the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina.

Emerald Isle Police said in a press release on Tuesday that Andy W. Clegg, 39, died Monday morning after suffering an apparent heart problem following the rescue of his two sons.

Police said the sons, 9 and 11 years old, were in the ocean and having trouble getting to shore when Clegg jumped in to rescue them.

Clegg brought both boys to shore, and then started to have complications.

Witnesses and family members told police Clegg had to be pulled from the water by his father-in-law and he was unresponsive.

Clegg was transported to Carteret General Hospital, and then transferred to Carolina East Medical Center where he later died.

The preliminary finding said the death was the result of a “cardiac event” but further examinations are being done to confirm the result, according to the release.

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