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Myrtle Beach police rescued a swimmer then cuffed him. Here is why

Myrtle Beach Police offer tips for on swimmer safety

PFC. Tony Klimas with the Myrtle Beach Police Department offers quick swimmer safety tips as part of the department's video initiative, aimed at both warning the public and connecting them with police officers. Video courtesy of the Myrtle Beach P
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PFC. Tony Klimas with the Myrtle Beach Police Department offers quick swimmer safety tips as part of the department's video initiative, aimed at both warning the public and connecting them with police officers. Video courtesy of the Myrtle Beach P

A distressed swimmer probably expected police to put a rescue ring around his waist, not his wrists.

Myrtle Beach police arrested a distressed swimmer moments after rescuing him from the ocean on Thursday evening because he was drunk, according to a police report.

Officers responded to the beach at 53rd Avenue North about 7:20 p.m. for a man who was having trouble making it back to shore, the report states.

Police saw the man — later identified as Richard Cummings — about 50 yards from the shore waving his arms, authorities said.

An officer went into the water, along with fire crews, and helped bring Cummings back to shore, according to the report.

Police said they noticed Cummings had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Cummings also said he was drinking during the day, according to the report. Officers arrested Cummings, who tried to resist.

Authorities got Cummings, 49, under control, and charged him with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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