An Ohio man seen floating face down about 50 yards into the surf was pronounced dead Tuesday night after he was pulled from the water and rushed to Grand Strand Medical Center.
Robert Enlow, 78, and his wife were on vacation at the beach when someone noticed Enlow unresponsive in the ocean.
North Myrtle Beach Public Safety responded to the reported drowning in front of North Beach Plantation around 6:30 p.m., according to a release from the City of North Myrtle Beach.
Witnesses told first responders that Enlow was observed floating face down in the water.
“Prior to the arrival of first responders, family members and witnesses pulled Mr. Enlow from the ocean, placed him on the beach, and started CPR,” the release stated. “Mr. Enlow's wife told first responders that her husband had a heart condition, including a pacemaker and high blood pressure for which he took medication.”
Enlow was carried to the 45th Avenue South beach access where a medic unit waited to transport him to the hospital.
“Upon arrival at the beach access, Mr. Enlow was shocked with an AED and chest compressions were continued but no sign of heart activity was detected,” the release stated. Enlow was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.