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A 52-year-old Georgia man died after he was pulled from the water off Sullivan's Island, authorities said Thursday. 

The Sullivan's Island Police and Fire departments were called for a water rescue shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday near Station 18 Street, said Andy Benke, the town administrator. Once at the scene, the call changed to a swimmer in distress. 

Crews were able to pull the man from the water and started CPR, Benke said. The man was transported to a local hospital.

The man was identified as Harvey Howard Jr. of Statesboro by the Charleston County Coroner's Office. Howard died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday at East Cooper Regional Medical Center.

Howard's cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, the Coroner's Office said. 

No further details were available.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.