Man drowns after rescuing wife on Folly Beach

Mark Cahoon (Source:
Mark Cahoon (Source:

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 60-year-old Indiana man drowned after rescuing his wife on Folly Beach.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office says Mark Cahoon died of drowning.

On the afternoon of Sept. 4, the Folly Beach Public Safety Department responded to 101 East Arctic Ave. in reference to a man floating in the water near the Folly Beach fishing pier.

When the officer arrived, he saw several people giving CPR to Cahoon. Fire and EMS crews also responded to the scene.

The victim's wife told authorities that her husband helped her out of a rip current. Authorities say the victim then began to struggle and went under.

A witness said she saw the victim go under the water and disappear. She said she then saw him pop up out of the water ten minutes later at the end of the pier, 75 yards off the shore.

According to police, a surfer spotted the victim, grabbed him and attempted to bring him to shore. The witness said that once they got to shore, people began to give CPR on the victim.

Cahoon was then transported to Roper Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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