Missing swimmer found dead in North Myrtle Beach, identified as 68-year-old PA man

Grand Strand

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A missing swimmer was found dead in North Myrtle Beach, according to city spokesperson Pat Dowling.

Officials were searching for a 68-year-old man in the area of 6100 North Ocean Boulevard, Dowling said. He was found in the water off the Point at Cherry Grove.

Dowling said the man, later identified as 68-year-old Jeffrey Holgate of Bushkill Pennsylvania, was last seen before 2 p.m., entering the ocean. Beach Patrol was flagged down around that time. During a search by boat and drone, his body was found. 

When asked if Holgate’s death was caused by rip currents, Dowling told News13 that officials don’t know at this time but that life-threatening rip currents are present all along the Grand Strand due to Hurricane Larry off the coast.

No other information was immediately available.

Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.

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