Bartholomew, 32, of Buxton died today while he was surfing off the Old
Lighthouse Beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Boone Vandzura, the seashore's chief ranger, said a call came in to
Dare County 911 at 1:10 p.m. about a water rescue. National Park
Service personnel responded, along with the Hatteras Island Rescue
Squad, county Emergency Medical Services, and the Dare County Sheriff's
Vandzura said a woman on the beach noticed an abandoned surfboard out
in the water and directed two surfers to check it out. When they
approached the board, they found Bartholomew, unconscious and floating
face down still attached to the surfboard.
The other surfers brought the victim to the beach and started CPR until the first responders arrived.
According to a Park Service news release, the cause of death is
unknown, although earlier officials called the fatality an "apparent"
Bartholomew said on his Facebook page that he was originally from
Howland Center, Ohio. He was an avid surfer and was known for his surf
videos. Friends said he could often be seen riding his bike to
the beach with his surfboard on the back.