KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C.

A dog collapsed on the beach here Sunday and died after bystanders and emergency responders tried to resuscitate him.

It was not certain what caused the dog to collapse, said David Elder, supervisor of the Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue. The dog was not in the water when it fell ill about 3:30 p.m. he said.

Several people tried to revive the dog before responders arrived. Ocean Rescue used recently donated oxygen equipment for pets. The dog was carried to a veterinarian on Roanoke Island.

People frequently bring their dogs to Outer Banks beaches where they play along the surf, jump among the breakers for balls or lounge on the sand. Most of the towns and the National Park Service require leashes.

Ocean rescue crews occasionally respond to calls for dogs under duress.

"This has happened before," Elder said.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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