Update (posted Aug. 28, 2017):
Michael Globetti, DNREC spokesman, confirms that the woman who was rescued from the surf at the Cape Henlopen State Park on Sunday, August 13, was later pronounced dead. He says the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office notified DNREC Natural Resources Police Park Rangers that the manner of death was natural causes.
Original story (posted Aug. 13, 2017):
Local EMS crews were already inundated with ambulance calls when they received a report of a woman who was rescued from the ocean at Gordon’s Pond around 1:20 p.m. Sunday. The victim, a 57 year old, had possibly been tossed in the surf, was experiencing severe trouble breathing and was combative, suggesting possibly a head injury.
The state police helicopter, Trooper 2, landed at the scene to assist the Sussex County EMS supervisor with an additional paramedic. They treated her at the scene and eventually removed her from the beach and loaded her into an ambulance. While taking her to Beebe Hospital, says Robbie Murray, deputy director of operations for Sussex County EMS, the woman lapsed into cardiac arrest. They were able to resuscitate her, and that was the last update he had to share regarding her condition. He said it was too early to speculate if she had suffered a medical problem, near drowning or surf-related injury.