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6-year-old boy dies after struggle in water at Folly Beach, coroner says

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Surfers enjoy the waves on July 16, 2020, at Folly Beach. A 6-year-old boy died on Monday, September 14, 2020, after a struggle in the water at Folly Beach, according to the Charleston County coroner. File/Gavin McIntyre/Staff

A 6-year-old boy has died after a struggle in the water at Folly Beach, according to the Charleston County coroner.

Ian Hernandez of Ladson was pronounced dead at the Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital at 8:48 p.m. Monday. 

An autopsy on Wednesday was expected to confirm his cause of death, which has not been publicly announced.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family with expenses. Steven Bright, who launched the fundraiser and said on the page and in media reports that he helped rescue Ian, described watching the boy's family "enjoy their day at the beach like so many of us have done in the past, then in just an instant he was taken from his family." 

No further details were immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

Folly Beach Public Safety is investigating the incident, the coroner's office said.

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Fleming Smith covers crime and public safety for the Charleston area. A native Georgian, she previously covered breaking news and features for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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