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Teenager and man drown in ocean in Myrtle Beach

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A group of swimmers on the Grand Strand last week. (Source: Kelsey Riggs/WBTW) A group of swimmers on the Grand Strand last week. (Source: Kelsey Riggs/WBTW)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

Two people died after they were pulled from the ocean at Myrtle Beach on Monday afternoon.

Beach rescue units were deployed on Jet Skis in the surf of Myrtle Beach to look for at least one of the swimmers on Monday afternoon.

The incident happened just after 3 pm at 48th Avenue and the beach, said Lt. Doug Furlong with Myrtle Beach Police.

Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard with the Horry County Coroner's Office identified the victims as 16-year-old Joshua Walley of Eutawville, SC and 34-year-old Scott Woods of Longs.

Willard said Walley was swimming with a brother and cousin when he got into distress. The relatives called for help and Woods swam over to Walley, but then both got into distress. By the time others got the two to shore, Willard said they had been under water for a while.

Medics took Walley and Woods to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where Willard said both were pronounced dead. Willard said the cause of death was asphyxiation due to drowning.

It's now known at this time if a rip current or rough water played a part in the deaths.

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