Swimmer who fought off rescuers arrested after making it back to shore

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A man was taken to jail after he swam out into the ocean in North Myrtle Beach and then fought off rescuers before coming to shore Monday night.

North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said rescuers were responding to a man in the water about 500 to 600 yards away from shore Monday night near 17th Avenue South.

But when rescuers got to him, he fought them off, Dowling said, adding that the man had been on the beach with a group of people who were drinking heavily.

“He somehow made it back to shore by himself and he won the grand prize by sitting in the city jail,” Dowling said, adding that he thought the man would be charged with public intoxication, but would have the exact charges the next morning.

“He started fighting with them and then swam back to shore at which point they arrested him.”

Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian