The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and public safety partners responded to a water rescue this afternoon in the area of 92nd Street and the beach. The call came into Ocean City Communications at approximately 2 p.m. for a submerged swimmer.
The initial report indicates that the swimmer, a 17-year-old male, was caught in a rip current and became submerged under the water. Ocean City Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Techniciasn were the first to enter the water and were later assisted by multiple public safety entities. The water rescue included approximately 30 rescue swimmers, from the OCBP and Ocean City Fire Department, as well as personnel from the Ocean City Police Department, United States Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resource Police and Maryland State Police Aviation. In addition, a single engine air craft participating in the OC Air Show also offered assistance in the air during the search.
The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS personnel and then transported to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. As we enter into a very busy weekend, the Ocean City Beach Patrol reminds beachgoers to check in with the lifeguard on duty every time you come to the beach. The lifeguard will inform you of current conditions in your area of the beach, including signs of inclement weather, rip currents and dangerous shorebreaks.