NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH | First responders in North Topsail Beach responded Tuesday afternoon to a call about a possible drowning along the beach strand.

A 24-year-old man was taken by helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is believed to be in critical condition, according to a town news release.

The North Topsail Beach Fire Department responded to the call about a possible drowning incident at approximately 3:10 p.m. It occurred on the beach off Topsail Road near the intersection of 18th Avenue.

No further details were available.