NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Authorities say two North Carolina men died while swimming at North Myrtle Beach on a day when about 100 people were rescued from the ocean.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the men drowned Thursday, when the water had strong rip currents.
Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified one of those killed as 50-year-old Mark Baucom of Polkton, N.C. She says he died Thursday evening of asphyxiation due to drowning while being treated at a hospital.
She says 57-year-old Richard Butler of Laurinburg, N.C., died earlier Thursday. Willard says his cause of death hasn’t been determined because of extensive medical condition.
Officials reported 98 people were rescued Thursday after people got caught in rip currents.