17-year-old surfer drowns in Surfside Beach Monday morning

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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Crews are investigating after a surfer drowned early Monday morning in Surfside Beach.

Surfside Beach Fire Rescue Captain Prentice Williams says the Surfside Beach Fire Rescue was called to 1417 South Ocean Boulevard around 7:30 a.m.

Williams says the victim was in the water alone and two physicians who were staying in a nearby condo were able to pull the surfer out of the ocean.

Horry Country Coroner Robert Edge identified the victim as 17-year-old Aidan Keahi Thomas Mendoza of Surfside Beach. The boy’s cause of death was ruled accidental drowning.