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High school student sees beach for the first time during sunrise service in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

For most people, the sight of waves crashing on the sand is nothing new, but for others, it's a first time experience.

"My coach told me, as soon as you get here, don't even look at the room, just go to the back and open the curtains. And I walked out, and I was like man, this is amazing," Clement Powell said.

Powell lives in West Virginia, far away from any beaches. He was in town on Sunday for a baseball tournament with his high school team.

"I've never heard this sound before, and seeing all this open space, it's like wow, you know? And once that hits you and all the scenery hits you, it's just like wow, it's mind blowing," Powell said.

But seeing the beach wasn't the only first Powell experienced Sunday morning.

"I didn't really know what was going on, but I heard the music and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, well it figures it's Sunday,'" Powell said.

The out-of-towner found himself at an Easter Sunday sunrise service.

"It's great, because if you can come out here and focus on the word, you're in wonderful shape," Powell said.

But he wasn't the only one getting a first glimpse at a sunrise service.

"We've always wanted to come, but we never could get up. So, this morning we got up," Jimmy Sutton said.

Sutton and his wife are from Rock Hill. Sutton said Sunday's service was worth losing a little sleep.

"The experience was really good. I certainly enjoyed it and would do it again," Sutton said.

Whether it was the worship, or the waves, Powell said Sunday morning is a day he won't forget.

"I can't even explain it; words can't explain it," Powell said.

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