HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a 69-year-old Chardon, Ohio, man has drowned after he was pulled under by a rip current while walking with his girlfriend in the Calibogue Sound.

Investigators told The Island Packet of Hilton Head ( ) that Bob Marn was in chest deep water and holding his girlfriend's hand around 4:15 p.m. Friday when the current swept him off his feet.

Authorities say the woman swam to shore and screamed for someone to call 911. Marn's body surfaced a short time later.

Robert Marn says his father was a stronger swimmer and came to Hilton Head Island for his family's first reunion in more than a decade.

Robert Marn says the family is grateful for getting to spend a week together before the tragedy,

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