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Missing surfer identified as former White Knoll H.S. student

Anderson Todd Estep (Source: Facebook.com) Anderson Todd Estep (Source: Facebook.com)
Source: WMBF News Reporter Stephanie Robusto Source: WMBF News Reporter Stephanie Robusto

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WIS/WMBF) -Authorities have released the identity of a surfer who went missing last week.

On Monday, North Myrtle Beach city spokesman Pat Dowling released an incident report identifying 19-year-old Anderson Todd Estep as the surfer who went missing in the area of 42nd Avenue North in Cherry Grove at around 11:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Estep grew up in Lexington County, attending various schools in Lexington School District One, according to a district spokesperson.

Most recently, he attended White Knoll High School. Mary Beth Hill said he started 11th grade and transferred out of the district sometime before his senior year. 

Several rescue crews, including a Coast Guard helicopter, combed the beach of the North Strand in the search for a surfer that went missing Friday. On Saturday, officials announced that the active search for Estep was over.

Also on Monday, friends and family of Estep announced they are planning on doing a "paddle out" on Thursday night in his honor. They will meet at the Cherry Grove Pier at around 7:30 p.m. and paddle out into the ocean at about 8 p.m.

The incident report explained that Estep is from the Grand Strand and was on the beach Friday morning with his brother. The brother decided to watch Estep surf instead of going himself. Estep entered the water just after 11 a.m. His surfboard was found, but he was not. 

North Myrtle Beach personnel and other oceanfront jurisdictions will continue to monitor the beach as part of a continuing recovery effort, Dowling said Saturday.

A WMBF News crew on the scene reported that two jet-skis launched near the Cherry Grove Pier as search teams spread out along the beach Friday. Those crews included Horry County Fire Rescue, North Myrtle Beach Police, North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad and Beach Patrol and volunteers from the North Myrtle  Beach Rescue Squad's Water Rescue Team.

Lifeguards were posted on the pier as a lookout into the surrounding waters.

The beach patrol ATVs were canvassing the shore, but the dive teams seemed reluctant to enter the water due to dangerous current conditions.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, NMB spokesman Pat Dowling provided this update on the search:

The search for a missing 19 year old local man who was last seen surfing in the area of the Cherry Grove Pier will continue through to about 8:00 p.m. tonight. A North Myrtle Beach Fire/Rescue crew will maintain a presence along the beach from 8:00 p.m. to dawn. In the early morning hours, search and rescue personnel will regroup.

A Coast Guard helicopter out of Charleston continues to search for the missing man, and will continue to do so for a couple more hours.

The search for the missing man this afternoon also included Waites Island, SC.

Swimmers of any level of expertise should be aware that severe rip currents are occurring inshore and offshore along the Grand Strand. These conditions may remain in effect through Sunday evening or into early next week.

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