UPDATE: Swimmer who drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway identified

UPDATE: Swimmer who drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway identified
Emergency officials on the scene of the swimmer in distress. (Source: Holly DeLoache)
Emergency officials on the scene of the swimmer in distress. (Source: Holly DeLoache)
A helicopter was flying nearby. (Source: Holly DeLoache)
A helicopter was flying nearby. (Source: Holly DeLoache)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – On Monday, Horry County Coroner Tamara Willard has identified the person who drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway as David Escobar, Jr. She says he was 46 and from California.

Emergency crews from several departments were on the scene of a missing swimmer who was in distress in the Intracoastal Waterway near Highway 501 Friday morning.

Horry County Fire Rescue announced via Twitter they found the body of the missing swimmer Saturday afternoon.

The search was suspended for the day Friday afternoon due to the incoming storm, according to Mark Nugent with Horry County Fire Rescue. The search resumed Saturday morning.

A husband and wife on board a sailboat on the Intracoastal Waterway reportedly saw a man in distress in the water Friday, Nugent said. The husband got into the water, but couldn't get to the man before he went under. The boaters then called the Coast Guard with their boat phone.

A Coast Guard helicopter, a Myrtle Beach Fire dive team and jet skis, Horry County Fire crews and divers, and the Department of Natural Resources all responded to the scene, Nugent said.

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