VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — First responders attempted to revive a man after he was pulled from the water at the Oceanfront Sunday afternoon, but he later died at the hospital.
Virginia Beach officials say their emergency communications received a call for a possible drowning in the 3400 block at the Oceanfront just before 1 p.m.
Citizens nearby were able to pull the man out of the water before rescue crews arrived. Crews attempted to revive the man before he was transported to a local hospital.
Officials say the man later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. He was identified as 58-year-old Richard William Watts, of Burke, Virginia.
As of Oct. 1, lifeguard patrols along the resort beaches had ended for the season.
10 On Your Side spoke over the phone with Tom Gill, who is the chief of Virginia Beach Life Saving Service. He teslls us his guards pulled out more than 840 people this summer and since they’re done patrolling for the year, people shouldn’t get in the water.
However, 10 On Your Side spotted many in the water at the beach such as Rob Mack, who is on vacation here from Kentucky. Mack said the water was dangerous on Sunday.
“We didn’t get too far out. Even low tide, we were pretty close to shore,” Mack told 10 On Your Side. He said it was concerning not seeing lifeguards out.
Other tourists, like Stephen Klausner from Tennessee, wasn’t taking any chances. “I don’t think we’re getting in tonight, just because the waves are really aggressive and we’re kind of concerned,” he said.
According to Gill, since the lifeguards are done for the season, they will not be able to put up red flags at the Oceanfront indicating that there are rough waters. He also told us that they may be working with the city in the future to keep lifeguards out on the beaches longer during the year due to warm weather lasting throughout October in recent years.
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