The Horry County Coroner’s Office said 18-year-old Savannah Kinkaid of Canton died at a South Carolina hospital Monday morning.
Authorities say Kinkaid was riding a boogie board in rough surf Friday when she fell into the water.
Witnesses pulled the teen from the water and were performing CPR when paramedics arrived.
Requests for further information from area authorities and the coroner were not returned by press time. However, Coroner Robert Edge told The Sun-News that Kinkaid died at 10 a.m. Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital.
Edge told the local newspaper that the cause of Kinkaid’s death was cardiac arrest due to drowning.
Kinkaid was taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital after units with the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire and Rescue responded around 11:30 a.m. Friday to a swimmer in distress at the tip of Garden City, Fire Chief Norman Knight told The Sun-News. When they arrived on scene, Kinkaid had already been pulled out of the water by bystanders, who initiated CPR on her, Knight said.
Emergency services officials took over CPR before Kinkaid — who was there that day with her family — was transported to the hospital, Knight said.
Kinkaid was enrolled in Kennesaw State University, said Michael Sanseviro, dean of student success.
“The Cherokee High School Family of Warriors is devastated at the loss of Savannah,” Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock said. “Savannah was an exceptionally bright, kind and compassionate young woman. Savannah was exceptionally academically talented and mature beyond her years. She was the epitome of style and grace. She will be terribly missed by her Warrior family.”