NC judge among 3 who drown off Brunswick beaches

POSTED: 10:16 PM Jul 03 2013   UPDATED: 1:19 PM Jul 04 2013
Hon. Mitchell McLean
SUNSET BEACH & OCEAN ISLE BEACH, BRUNSWICK COUNTY -

Officials say a North Carolina judge and the woman he tried to rescue both drowned off Sunset Beach. A third person also drowned off Ocean Isle Beach, and authorities say rip currents are to blame for all three deaths.

Authorities say 54-year-old Mitchell McLean died Wednesday while trying to help a husband and wife struggling in the water. McLean was the chief District Court judge for Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany and Yadkin counties.

Also killed was 55-year-old Mary Anne Galway of Waxhaw. Authorities say her husband, Edward John Galway III, was treated at a hospital and released.

At Ocean Isle Beach, a 72-year-old Florida man drowned. Officials identified the man as William Nicolaro of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Nicolaro's son made it to shore and was taken to the hospital for treatment.