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Body of drowned swimmer from Sumter recovered in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police responded to reports of a distressed swimmer Saturday, and were on scene working to locate the swimmer.  (Source: Conor McCue). Myrtle Beach police responded to reports of a distressed swimmer Saturday, and were on scene working to locate the swimmer. (Source: Conor McCue).
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The body of a swimmer who went missing in Myrtle Beach near 7th Avenue South on Saturday, May 23, has been recovered, the Horry County Coroner's office confirmed Tuesday.


Erick White, 20, of Sumter, South Carolina, was identified as the victim of an accidental drowning by the coroner's office. He went missing on Saturday, and the Myrtle Beach Police Beach Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard initially began rescue efforts. They then transitioned to recovery of the swimmer's body, and searched during the day on Sunday.

Myrtle Beach Police responded to reports of a distressed swimmer Saturday. According to Corporal Tommy Hunt, two friends were swimming when they began to have issues. They headed back to shore, and one made it, but the other did not. 

According to the person swimming with White, they were out body-surfing when a big wave came over. The individual said there was an undercurrent, everyone came up except the victim, and everyone began screaming for help, according to the witness. Corporal Hunt said the friends were out for the day from Sumter.

The Coast Guard responded to the scene, rescue crews had boats in the water, and helicopters were near, Hunt said. Officials say it had been windy, but the water was not too bad. The current was going south, officials say. The search continued all night Saturday from 6th South to Springmaid Pier, according to Hunt. 


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