North Carolina Father Dies In Freak Accident Around Oak Island

OAK ISLAND, N.C.- A North Carolina father was killed in a freak accident Friday while enjoying a day at a North Carolina beach with his kids.

Our news partners at reported that Lee Dingle, 37, was playing in the ocean with his kids when a wave knocked him to the ground, breaking his neck.

According to Dingle's wife, Shannon Dingle, the swelling from his injury caused her husband to suffocate.

Lee Dingle and his wife had six children.

A family friend told WTVD that Lee Dingle's life revolved around his family.

"She's a strong woman, and the kids are just exceptional kids. I just love them so much, and I know that everything Lee did as a backbone and a support and encourager to them has equipped them to handle hard things in their lives. Because he was the kind of dad that built them up and the kind of husband who supported his wife," said family friend April Schweitzer.

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