Teen Drowns While Swimming at Folly Beach

Full story: WLTX Columbia
A Moncks Corner teen has drowned while swimming at Folly Beach. Charleston County Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin says the victim was 16-year-old Derrick Grant. Full Story

Columbia, SC

#1 May 31, 2007
For decades so many people have drowned at Folly. The riptides are so bad there.

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 May 31, 2007
What a very sad way for this family to begin summer. My heart breaks for them.

Columbia, SC

#3 May 31, 2007
Surviving a rip current
When caught in a rip current, one should not fight it, but rather swim parallel to the shoreline in order to leave it. If you see a person caught in one, yell at them to do so. Floating until the current disperses into deeper waters is another method of surviving such a dangerous incident, but it may leave the swimmer farther out from shore, where they can be rescued alive.

Safety tips
Posted warnings, where available, should always be heeded. It is advisable to stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties, which impede waves, encouraging rip currents to form. Also, check the local newspaper and internet for tide timetables.(Beware that tides can be substantially different at beaches relatively close to each other.) Never go into the water without lifeguard supervision from -2 to +4 hours of the daily maximum low tide -- especially at night.
ECS Domino

Taylors, SC

#4 Jun 3, 2013
This is the only thing i worry about when i surf dude

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Whatever It Takes!

#5 Jun 4, 2013
This story is really sad. I think it should be mandatory swim lessons while in School.

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