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WRIGTHSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A 25-year old man was rescued near Wrightsville Beach Tuesday by the Coast Guard after he was injured diving into shallow water from a 16-foot boat, according to a news release from Coast Guard officials.
The swimmer was airlifted from Myrtle Grove Sound.
The man's father called 911 around 3:30 p.m., saying his son had injured his neck and legs.
"When we arrived on scene, the man's father was holding him in shallow water," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Coppin in a statement.
The Coast Guard had to first get the man into deeper water.
"We threw over a heaving line to get the victim into deeper water so my crew could get the man on a backboard and onto the boat," said Coppin.
The crew took the man to Trails End Boat Ramp in Wrightsville Beach, where he was met by EMS and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
At the time of this report, the swimmer's condition was not known. Stay with WECT.com for more updates.
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