GARDEN CITY, S.C. — A Kentucky woman has drowned while swimming over the weekend near Myrtle Beach.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard tells area media outlets that 52-year-old Laurie Davison of Lexington, Kentucky, was pulled from the ocean at Garden City on Sunday morning.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after 10 a.m.

Davison was manager of Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ signature wildlife education facility. She had served in the post for more than 15 years.

The agency said Davison built the center into one of the most visited attractions in Frankfort, with more than 100,000 visitors a year. She also attracted volunteer workers who built and maintained exhibits and became supporters of the center.