Police: 5-year-old drowns at Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach; second child drowning in one week


HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy drowned at a hotel Wednesday night.

Around 8:45 p.m., officers were sent to the Ocean Reef Resort near 71st Avenue North for calls of a child drowning, according to Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

5-year-old Shane Chester was pulled from the pool and transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he later died, according to Willard.

The child was visiting family from Darlington, according to authorities. Count on News for updates.

This is the second drowning at a Myrtle Beach resort in the past week. A 4-year-old girl drowned in a pool at the Crown Reef Hotel last Thursday. Demi Williams was visiting with her family from Kentucky. Her mother, Destiny Morgan, was charged with child neglect.

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