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Coroner: NC teen dies from drowning complications after being rescued in Myrtle Beach

Authorities say a teen has died from drowning complications after needing to be rescued from the ocean. (Source: WMBF)
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 2:27 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 2:50 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - One of the swimmers rescued by Myrtle Beach first responders on April 15 has died from drowning complications, the Horry County Coroner said.

Crews responded to a water rescue last Friday afternoon at 72nd Avenue North.

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department, Myrtle Beach beach patrol officers and lifeguards responded to an initial report that several people needed to be rescued from the waters.

Battalion Chief Marvin Hickman with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department said two swimmers had to be rescued and both were taken to the hospital. He said about 15 rescue crews responded to the call.

Andrea Renee Brown, 14, and her 15-year-old brother were rescued last Friday, a family member told WMBF News. The family was visiting the Grand Strand area from Four Oaks, North Carolina.

Brown was eventually transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she later died on April 18.

Funeral services for Brown will be held Saturday in Clayton, North Carolina.

Last Friday afternoon was a single red flag day near 72nd Avenue North, which means high hazards, high surf, and strong currents. Hickman said that it did not appear that the swimmers got stuck in a rip current, and cautioned all beachgoers to know their limits when in the water.

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