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Man drowns while trying to rescue child

Posted May 31, 2010

— A Hubert man drowned on Sunday rescuing a child in Emerald Isle, police said.

Jeremy Lee Crandall, 31, was pronounced dead at Carteret General Hospital after being pulled from the water along the beach, authorities said.

Police said Crandall was among several surfers who went into the water to help three children who were in distress. Witnesses said they last saw Crandall giving his surfboard to one of the drowning children.

The other surfers and the children made it back to land safely, police said.


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  • pattersonh Jun 1, 2010

    R.I.P Jerry - always the protector. You havent changed a bit. Your friends & family will never forgot you or the many times you put yourself forward for them. Even gone from our presence, Im sure you will be looking down & keeping watch.
    My prayers are for your children, you keep taking care of them. They really miss you...

  • 2beachy4u Jun 1, 2010

    This is the meaning of a real HERO...Condolences to his friends and family.

  • notagain1903 Jun 1, 2010

    There has got to be a lot more to this story than we are being told. I have been a surfer for many years and surfed some of the biggest waves around. The "ankle slappers" we have here are not strong enough to pull anyone under for a long period. Since he was a surfer the swimming ability must have been pretty good. So a big piece of this story is missing. Another fine reporting job here.... NOT!!

  • csplantlover Jun 1, 2010

    how sad. Saving a child and losing your life - that's what heroes are made of........

  • mrsmom Jun 1, 2010

    Condolences to the family of Mr. Crandall. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Killian Jun 1, 2010

    What a tragedy. I'm so sorry for the loss and the pain this man's family will endure, but I hope his memories and the knowledge that he died giving his life to save a child will bring them peace.

  • pulstar40 Jun 1, 2010

    Men...children...what does it matter? Someone lay down his life for a fellow human being. He did everything he could to save the life of another. May his family find peace and comfort in the knowledge that many of us admire what he did and hope that his courageous deed reminds others to be more kind and caring.

  • mtmkjr Jun 1, 2010

    Air Biscuit-
    Although it would have been ideal to have proper personnel and equipment to respond, it was obviously not immediately available.

    Time was of the essence, and Mr Crandal had the character of a true hero who did what he knew he had to do at the cost of his own life.
    I'm so sorry, jimicarpenter. I pray God's blessing and comfort to you and the rest of your family.

  • Air Biscuit Jun 1, 2010

    I hate that this man died trying to help the two swimmers. However, when you are not equipped or trained to handle a situation, you should not try to be a hero.

    In fire and rescue, personnel are trained not to go blindly into a situation without backup, proper equipment, and some type of knowledge of the terrain and the situation.

    Please understand, I truly hate that this man died...it is a tragedy.

  • itom68 Jun 1, 2010

    big heart- they're still out there

    rip bro-