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Update: Dead man found in Intracoastal Waterway Thursday identified

Rescue crews search for a missing swimmer in the Intercoastal Waterway in front of the Clarion Hotel on Friday afternoon.
Rescue crews search for a missing swimmer in the Intercoastal Waterway in front of the Clarion Hotel on Friday afternoon. jlee@thesunnews.com

A dead man found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday afternoon was recently identified and his cause of death was determined to be from a “cardiac event,” according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

Anthony M. Windham, 56, of Surfside Beach and Florence, suffered the “cardiac event” while on or near the water and did not drown, Hendrick said.

Windham was found about 4:15 p.m. Thursday by boaters in the waterway at Enterprise Boat Landing in Socastee, authorities said.

Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police, initially said his identity could be tough to determine because of the state of the body.

“[The body] looked like it’s pretty bloated, kind of like it’s been in the water for over 24 hours easily,” Denis said.

The Horry County Fire Dive Team recovered the body of another man about 8:30 p.m. Friday from the Intracoastal Waterway.

Shawn Smith, 36, a homeless man, drowned while attempting to cross the waterway near the Boathouse Bar & Grill, according to Darris Fowler, Horry County coroner.

Smith was swimming with two friends, one male and one female, when he went under. He went missing about 4 p.m. Friday.

The swimmers lived in the woods across from the Clarion Hotel and were trying to swim across the waterway to the Boathouse side.

“This water is very treacherous and the current is very strong,” said Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police Friday afternoon. “There’s a lot of metal and debris in the waterway, too.”

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