CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WBTV) – A Charlotte man died over the weekend after he drowned at the beach while there with his mom for Mother’s Day.
Carolina Beach police and fire departments went to a medical call around 2:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Carolina Beach Avenue. A swimmer, later identified as Joshua William Baker, had been removed from the water by witnesses at the scene, police say.
First responders began life-saving measures but say the attempts were unsuccessful.
The medical examiner’s officer will make a determination of the cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time.
According to his family, Baker had brought his mother to the beach for Mother’s Day. His mother spoke to WBTV in an interview Monday night.
“My only son, gone. I can’t take care of him. I don’t have no money to take care of him. I don’t know what to do,” said Madonna Baker.
She said Josh Baker was swimming off-shore with his niece and nephew when she lost sight of him.
“I look at em’ and I said where did they go, where did they go? Where’d he go? I couldn’t see him,” said Madonna Baker.
Josh’s niece and nephew made it out of the water. They said the currents were strong and they explained to Josh’s mother what had happened.
“We told her that we are okay but we couldn’t find our uncle,” said Kirsten Baker, Josh’s niece.
Josh wasn’t missing long. The family heard sirens and when they saw a body wash up on shore, they knew it was him.
“His whole body (was) blue. It looked just like he’d been beaten,” said his mother.
His friends and family in Charlotte are heartbroken. Several friends told WBTV that Josh would be missed.
“It’s hard inside. It’s hard to deal with but we do know he is in a better place but it still sucks,” said Jason Miller, one of Josh Baker’s friends.
Baker’s mother said she is upset that there were no lifeguards on the beach.
According to officials, lifeguards start to man the beach on Memorial Day. Ocean Rescue is looking for 40 to 45 lifeguards and will hold tryouts on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hamlet Beach Access.
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