A North Carolina father of six died on Friday after he was struck by an “intense wave” that knocked him to the ground and broke his neck, his wife said.
Lee Dingle, 37, of Raleigh was playing on the beach at Oak Island with his children when he was hit by the powerful wave in a “freak accident,” his wife, Shannon Dingle, wrote on Twitter.
My partner, my love, and my home died today after a freak accident. Lee was playing on the beach with three of our kids yesterday, and an intense wave hit him just right to slam his head into the sand and break his neck. 1/
— Shannon Dingle (@ShannonDingle) July 20, 2019
After breaking his neck, his throat swelled depriving his brain of oxygen. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service warns of the dangers of shorebreaks, an ocean condition when waves break directly on the shore. Waves that are small and high can be “unpredictable and dangerous,” and typically form where this is a rapid transition from deep to shallow water.