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VA man's death marks 7th drowning in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The death of a Virginia man late Friday afternoon marked the seventh drowning in Myrtle Beach in 2009.

Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said at around 3:47pm Friday 50-year-old Timothy Reynolds, of Copperhill, VA, was swimming in the ocean near 70th Avenue North when he and his wife began having problems in the water.

Keith Bomar said he and three boys ran into the ocean to help, but when they reached Reynolds and his wife it was too late.

"The three boys rushed out to help them, and then they did, they got to the woman first," said Bomar. "They brought her in, and they rushed to get the guy. By the time they got to him, he was face down floating in the water."

Bomar says when he reached Reynolds his face was blue, he was foaming at the mouth and his eyes were rolled in the back of his head Bomar helped bring Reynolds back to shore, and someone performed CPR.

Investigators say the wife survived, but her husband was pronounced dead at 4:30pm at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Officials haven't yet commented on Reynolds' exact cause of death, but Bomar says he believes it was from a riptide.

"I know the waves were awfully hard," Bomar said. "They were crashing. It would beat you around while you were out there."

Prior to Friday's drowning, three ocean and three pool drownings had been reported in Myrtle Beach for 2009.

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