NEWS: YouTuber Carson Philbin shared eerie social media post about death weeks before drowning in Hawaii
A 24-year-old YouTube filmmaker eerily posted about death just weeks before he drowned during a trip to Hawaii.
Carson Philbin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was swept out to sea the morning of Jan. 13 — the day after his birthday — while swimming with three friends in the Ka‘ū District, according to the Hawai‘i Island Police.
Three weeks earlier, the videographer urged his 6,000 subscribers to watch his video documenting his latest trip across the globe.
“I had to carry a 40lb gear bag 34 miles up a mountain but the cameraman never dies,” Philbin wrote in the Dec. 23 Instagram post.
In a follow-up post the next week, Philbin reminisced on the travels he embarked on throughout the year, writing: “2024 is going to be even better.”
The trip to Ka‘ū, the southernmost district in Hawaii, appears to be another of Philbin’s excursions that centered around his 24th birthday, friends told the Charlotte Observer.
He and three friends plunged from a cliff at South Point into the water below, but were quickly overpowered by the “rough ocean conditions,” police said.
Local bystanders rescued the three friends, but Philbin was swept 75 yards offshore before he vanished beneath the surface.
His body was later recovered by local fishermen and the Hawaii Fire Department.
Officials warn against diving at the South Point area, which is commonly known as the “Hoist,” after it claimed at least five lives in the last six years.
Philbin, who routinely scaled bridges and skydived in his YouTube videos, felt he knew his way around the area because his grandparents had a home nearby, friends said.
An autopsy will determine the official cause of death, but police believe Philbin lost his life from drowning.