Man drowns after saving nephew at Isle of Palms

Published: Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM EDT
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John Palmer (Source: WKYT)
John Palmer (Source: WKYT)

ISLE OF PALMS, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 45-year-old man vacationing with his family at the Isle of Palms drowned Sunday after saving his nephew.

According to the Charleston County Coroner's Office, 45-year-old John Palmer drowned at Front Beach near 51st Avenue.  He was from Lexington, Kentucky.

Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham said Palmer was able to save his 17-year-old nephew but was pulled underwater.

A firefighter involved in the rescue was also pulled into the surf, according to Graham.  He was treated and released from the hospital.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. WKYT contributed to this report.