Rescued swimmer in critical condition

A teen rescued from the ocean Saturday night remains in critical condition at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, according to Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah.

Around 8:45 p.m.


Surfside Beach Police officers were called to the area of 4th Avenue South for a swimmer in distress.

Keziah says the 14-year-old boy was in waist-deep water when he lost his footing in a possible rip current. The boy was with his family, who were visiting the area from Ohio.

"The swimmer went underwater and had not been seen for approximately 15 minutes," added Keziah.

Emergency crews located the teen about 15 feet from the shore using a portable lighting system. He was taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital and transferred to MUSC early Sunday, Keziah said.

"Surfside Beach truly appreciates the assistance of all the people who worked to help this young man and his family," said Keziah. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Surfside Beach Fire, Horry County Police Beach Patrol, Horry County Fire Rescue, and the U.S. Coast Guard provided assistance in the search.