Ocean Springs man fights for his life after nearly drowning

Patrick Halstead is a 1993 graduate of Ocean Springs High School.
Patrick Halstead is a 1993 graduate of Ocean Springs High School.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man who grew up in Ocean Springs is fighting for his life in North Carolina. Patrick Halstead nearly drowned at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte Wednesday evening.

Halstead was working at the center when he went into the water to retrieve some missing keys and never resurfaced. Several employees started searching for Halstead. They found him floating and unconscious. His coworkers brought him to shore and performed CPR.

Medical crews arrived to assist, and they were able to get Halstead's pulse back before a medical helicopter flew him to the hospital.

Thursday, Jeff Wise, Director of the USNWC told WBTV Halstead is undergoing "cooling therapy" at Carolinas Medical Center. Doctors are lowering his body temperature for 72 hours to help with brain inflammation and damage that can happen as a result of a loss of oxygen.

Halstead's mom said on Facebook that the doctors were going to begin bringing his body back up to a normal temperature at 10 pm Thursday night.

His friends and family are posting updates on a Facebook page called "Praying for Patrick."

Halstead has worked for the USNWC for a little more than a month.

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