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Martinez man drowns off Tybee Island

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 4:09pm  |  Updated: September 5, 2012 - 4:13pm

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- A man who drowned Tuesday at a Tybee Island beach has been identified as a 59-year-old Martinez resident.

Worley Pierson was the first reported drowning death this year at Tybee Island.

Just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, Tybee police and emergency responders were alerted to a man struggling in the water off the beach between 12th and 13th streets, said Tybee Island Fire and Emergency Services Chief Skip Sasser. That beach is not protected by lifeguards.

Bystanders pulled Pierson from the water and Ocean Rescue performed CPR, Sasser said. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died.

Tybee Island Police Chief Bob Bryson said an autopsy would be performed within a few days and a toxicology test would also be administered. Results likely would not be available for one to three months.

Pierson had no known medical conditions.

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