A 69-year-old man from Conway fell from the roof at Camelot by the Sea Hotel in Myrtle Beach, and later died, according to police.
Emergency services responded to a call shortly after 1 p.m. The Horry County Coroner’s Officer did not receive a call to respond to a death, however, until roughly 3:10 p.m., Coroner Robert Edge Jr. said.
I turned around and in my head, kind of sarcastically, I was like ‘Oh God, somebody jumped again,’ because I heard the last one.
Colby Clemons, witness
Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said that “if there was a chance that rescue thought there was something they could do, they would have transported him.”
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The man was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, according to Edge.
The death has been ruled a suicide after a note was found in the man’s home, according to Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby.
A spokesperson for Wyndham released the following statement regarding the incident:
“We are saddened by the event that occurred today. Our staff is readily assisting the Myrtle Beach Police Department in its ongoing investigation of this matter. As there is an active investigation surrounding this event, we defer requests for any additional information to the police department.”
It was just loud man, like you dropped a backpack from really high.
Colby Clemons, witness
Across the street, two witnesses heard the man hit the ground.
“I heard a noise and looked over and there was a guy laying there in the driveway,” said Colby Clemons, who was working at The Towers Motel. “It was just loud man, like you dropped a backpack from really high.”
I heard a thud. It wasn’t a usual noise you hear, so I didn’t equate it to anything.
Jim McAlpine, witness
Clemons, 28, said he also was nearby last week when two Myrtle Beach High School students fell to their death from the same hotel. WPDE reported Thursday’s death isn’t related to last week’s.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s crazy,” he said. “It’s like out of a movie or something.”
Jim McAlpine, 67, was vacationing at The Towers Motel while on vacation from Ontario, Canada, when he heard a noise.
“It’s hard to describe a noise,” said McAlpine. “I heard a thud. It wasn’t a usual noise you hear, so I didn’t equate it to anything. I looked up and I immediately saw a person laying on the ground and the next thing I know it’s all kind of people running over to help.”
Most news organizations, including The Sun News, have a longstanding policy to not cover suicides unless it occurs in a public place or is a public person.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You can call 1-800-273-8255 at any time to speak with a counselor.
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