Man pulled from ocean in North Myrtle Beach dies

A man pulled from the ocean at 15th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach Thursday around 7:30 p.m. has died.

Mark Baucom, 50, from Polkton, North Carolina died at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard, the preliminary cause of death is asphyxiation due to drowning.

On Thursday, there was a high rip current risk in effect for most of the day.