A 17-year-old male surfer drowned Monday morning in Surfside Beach.
Aiden Keahi Thomas Mendoza of Surfside Beach was pulled from the water about 7:30 a.m. near the 1600th block of South Ocean Boulevard, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.
Two physicians staying at a nearby condo saw Mendoza and grabbed him from the water, according to Fire Captain Prentice Williams with Surfside Beach Fire Department.
A bystander tried CPR, along with arriving rescue crews, but attempts were unsuccessful, Edge said.
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Surfside Beach police were also called to the scene, according to Williams. Edge said an autopsy revealed Mendoza’s cause of death was drowning.
Mendoza was a cross country runner and student at Socastee High School, and he had signed to run in college at Anderson University.