Man hospitalized following near drowning

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – One man is in the hospital following a near drowning close to Waites Island.

The man and two other swimmers were attempting to swim to Waites Island off the coast of Cherry Grove. Before reaching the island, they became fatigued and began struggling in the water.

According to the North Myrtle Beach Beach Patrol, when the swimmers realized they weren't going to make it to the island, they tried to climb into a boat. As they attempted to board the boat, it overturned.

One of the swimmers was taken to a local hospital.

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