Pregnant D.C. woman drowns off North Carolina coast, officials say

A pregnant D.C. woman died Wednesday evening after being pulled from the water off the coast of North Carolina, authorities said.

The National Park Service confirmed that Jill Bailey Chenet, 31, died and her husband, Matthew Christopher Chenet, 37, is in serious condition after the water rescue.

Jill Chenet was about six months pregnant and the unborn child also died, officials said.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, a 911 call around 6:45 p.m. reported two swimmers in distress. When first responders arrived, they found the couple floating about 20 yards from the shore. Jill Chenet was reportedly not breathing and had no pulse, while Matthew Chenet was struggling to breathe.

Jill Chenet and the baby were pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m. at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Fox43TV.com reported that the couple had planned to name the baby, a girl, “Olive.”Matthew Chenet remains in serious condition.

The Outer Banks Voice reports that Jill Chenet was a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and a second-grade teacher at the River School, a school for the hearing impaired in NW D.C.

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