Father Of Six Dies After Being Hit With A Wave That Broke His Neck

A father of six died after a wave crashed into him while he played with his children on a beach.

Lee Dingle slammed his head onto the sand at a North Carolina beach and broke his neck.

In a Facebook post about the "freak accident," his wife, Shannon Dingle, said his throat swelled so much his brain was deprived of oxygen and he could not recover.

"Some heroes -- including our kids -- tried to save him, but it wouldn't have mattered what they did," Shannon wrote on Facebook.

"His body couldn't recover from the initial injury."

His wife Shannon shared photos of their family. Photo: Facebook / Shannon Dingle

The incident occurred on July 18 during the family's trip to Oak Island, CBS affiliate WWAY-TV reports. 

Shannon said the couple met when she was just 18 and Lee was 19. He was 37 when he died.

"I don't know how to be a grown-up without him, but I'll learn. I just wish I didn't have to," the devastated wife wrote. She shared several photos of her late husband and six children -- four of whom are adopted.

A family friend set up a GoFundMe to help.

"As the Dingle family picks up the pieces they will need to pay for funeral expenses and need some time to get their feet under them -- this means they need financial support," the fundraising page, created by Lisa Watterson, reads.

"Lee's death is shocking to all of us, the last thing his family needs is to worry about bills."

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Featured image: Facebook / Shannon Dingle