Two Teenage Girls Dead After Falling From Myrtle Beach Hotel
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Two teenage girls died Wednesday afternoon after falling from a floor of the Camelot By the Sea Hotel in Myrtle Beach, according to officials.
Coroner Robert Edge confirmed that the deceased are a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, both Myrtle Beach High School students. Their identities will be released later, Coroner Edge said.
Police are investigating the deaths, and say that foul play is not believed to be a related factor in the deaths, according to Myrtle Beach Police spokesman Joey Crosby.
Police say they received the initial call for a report of two people that fell from a floor of the hotel at about 4 p.m., Crosby said. Upon responding, officers found the two deceased girls.
A statement from Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Britton states the loss of two female students who died Wednesday afternoon was a “tragic incident that occurred off campus.” The principal of Myrtle Beach High School, John Washburn, his staff, and a crisis response team of additional counselors are “very involved following the protocols of notification and addressing to the needs of students as they process the shocking and heartbreaking news about the loss of two classmates,” Britton stated.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, Principal Washburn will provide comments to the media about how the school family is coping with the loss, Teal stated. He will also share information abut the students’ involvement with school activities.
“The administration and staff are focused on helping students process this unspeakable loss and are working to assist law enforcement with their investigation,” Britton added.
At this time, a memorial service at the school has not been planned, Teal said. The district’s practice is to allow students in the school to plan memorial services or tributes to honor their peers, as this helps as part of the healing process. With Spring Break beginning after school closes on Friday, a student-led memorial service or tribute may not come until after Spring Break.