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Hilton Head Beach sees more drownings this year

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Saturday's drowning marked the second one this summer and the first time they've had this many in almost five years. Saturday's drowning marked the second one this summer and the first time they've had this many in almost five years.
Kim Ledbetter Kim Ledbetter
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Autopsy results are pending of a South American woman who drowned Saturday on Hilton Head Beach.

Saturday's drowning marked the second one this summer and the first time they've had this many in almost five years.

On Saturday afternoon, Elberton native Kim Ledbetter was vacationing with her family when she saw two men pull 67-year-old Maddeline Raad to shore. 

"Someone said call 911 and does anyone know CPR," said Ledbetter.

Ledbetter said she and three nurses jumped into the water to help revive Raad before paramedics arrived. But it was too late.

"She had been in the water for quite a while, she was already blue around the lip area and stiff so that when you start CPR to pull your head back, we were not able to do that," said Ledbetter.

Raad, who is from Ecuador, had been vacationing with her son and his family at the Marriott's Surfwatch.

Ledbetter was able to find them through Raad's bracelet and spent time consoling them.

"Her family did say she could not swim and that she was afraid of the water. The little granddaughter said that she did not want to go by herself but the grandmother wanted to go walk alone and pray," said Ledbetter.

Shore Beach Service's Alan Reece said weather conditions were relatively calm that day.

"There was no sign of any difficulty from this person until some bystanders just saw her floating out in the water. Our last drowning was probably four to five years ago," said Reece.

As a general rule, the lifeguards at Hilton Head Beach recommend swimmers not go past chest to shoulder deep in the water.

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