Keep your feet in the sand, until the lifeguard’s in the stand. On Sunday, May 18, the significance of the popular Ocean City Beach Patrol slogan was demonstrated as three swimmers were rescued from the water by the Town of Ocean City’s public safety personnel.
At approximately 4 p.m., the town’s Communications Division received the call for a water rescue in the area of 20th street and the beach. Minutes later, members of the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) arrived on scene and witnessed three victims in the water. Two additional people, who were not in distress, were also in the water trying to help the victims.
Two OCFD rescue swimmers immediately entered the water while two remained on shore. In addition, two members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, who is not currently on-duty, arrived shortly after and assisted the OCFD rescue swimmers. “This is an excellent example of how the quick response and team work of our public safety personnel resulted in saving three lives,” commented Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore. “We want to remind our residents and visitors of our Beach Patrol’s message; Keep your feet in the sand, until the lifeguard’s in the stand.”
Two of the victims were treated on the scene and one victim was transported to an area hospital for non-life threating injuries. The town’s public safety departments remind residents and visitors that the Beach Patrol will be on duty beginning this weekend. The Ocean City beach is protected by the Surf Rescue Technicians from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. until the third weekend in September. For more beach safety information, visit: www.ococean.com/ocbp.