July 17, 2008

N.C. Man’s Body Found in NMB

By Aliana Ramos, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jul. 17--Police recovered the body of a 70-year-old N.C. man from the Atlantic Ocean in North Myrtle Beach about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It was unclear whether Colin Chignelk of Cary, N.C., drowned or suffered a heart attack, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Edge said an autopsy will be conducted today.

North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello said Chignelk's body was found in the surf at 13th Avenue North in the Cherry Grove section of the city.

Chignelk was vacationing with his wife and visiting friends in the area, Aiello said.

Officials were unable to confirm if the drowning was related to a rip current.

Aiello cautioned that swimmers should be careful in North Myrtle Beach's waters. The city posted red flags on its beaches Monday through Wednesday.

"It's basically a warning possibility of dangerous currents," Aiello said.

The red flags were put up because of the increase in rip currents due to Hurricane Bertha.

Aiello was not sure if the red flags would be posted again today. That decision will be made this morning.

Swimmers who do find themselves caught in rip currents -- which look like churning, choppy channels -- should calmly float or tread water and swim parallel to the shoreline if able.

Contact ALIANA RAMOS at 444-1723.


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