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Cobbs Creek resident drowns off Bavon Beach

A Cobbs Creek resident drowned on Sunday while swimming off Bavon Beach in Mathews.

Edward G. Renner, 44, of the 300 block of Roane Point Road, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 6:15 p.m., said Major John Williams of the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report from Williams, dispatchers received several 911 calls around 5:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon in reference to a male drowning victim who was unresponsive at New Point Comfort Lighthouse. Witnesses to the drowning had brought the victim to shore and had begun CPR.

Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the New Point overlook, said Williams, but determined that the incident had occurred in the Bavon Beach area instead. They arrived at the beach at 5:21 p.m., he said, then had to walk with what equipment they could carry over a half-mile down the beach to reach the victim.

EMT-I Scotty Bergman of MVRS said the Bavon Beach Homeowners Association had provided an AED for initial use by the witnesses, an...

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