North Carolina dad who died in freak beach accident will donate his organs, parents say

Lee Dingle, wife Shannon Dingle and their six children.

(CNN)As a final act of selflessness, the North Carolina dad who died in a freak accident at the beach will be donating his organs to 55 people, his parents told CNN affiliate WSOC-TV.

Lee Dingle, 37, was playing with three of his six children on an Oak Island, North Carolina, beach Thursday when a wave slammed him to the sand, his wife Shannon Dingle said on Twitter. The force of the impact broke his neck and made his throat swell so much that his brain couldn't get enough oxygen, she said.
Dingle was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died the next day.
    Dingle's parents, who live in Mint Hill, North Carolina, were not available to comment to CNN.
    Dingle was the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh, North Carolina, a company that specializes in solving structural problems and repairing other damage at buildings, its website says.
    Tom Caldwell, founder and senior partner of Atlas Engineering, said Dingle had been promoted to president just two weeks before his death.
    "He was always thinking of other pe