Associated Press

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Authorities say a 36-year-old father of four from Summerville has drowned while swimming in the ocean at North Myrtle Beach.

City spokesman Pat Dowling said Lewis Barkley III’s wife called emergency officials after her husband went into the ocean and did not return Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say Barkley was found floating in the ocean about five blocks away from where he started swimming. He was pulled from the surf, but died a short time later at the hospital.

Police say the death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Dowling says Barkley served in the Air Force and his wife’s birthday is Sunday.