A quiet afternoon on the beach took an alarming turn today as several first responders searched the water for a missing swimmer. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., Ocean City Communications reported a water rescue in progress.
According to the initial report, three swimmers entered the ocean in the area of 137th street and were caught in a reported rip current. An Ocean City Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Technician was the first to enter the water, quickly rescuing two of the swimmers. The third swimmer, whose name is not being released, was unable to be immediately located.
In all, 15 rescue swimmers from the town’s Beach Patrol and Fire Department responded and were eventually able to locate the victim. Also helping in the rescue were Maryland State Police Trooper 4 and the United States’ Coast Guard personnel. The victim, an 18-year-old from Montgomery County, was treated on scene by EMS personnel and then transported to Atlantic General Hospital. His current condition is unknown.
Update from Communications Manger, Jessica Waters: (Tuesday, June 3, 2014): Despite an extraordinary effort by our public safety personnel, including our Beach Patrol and Fire Department rescue swimmers, the life saving measures after yesterday’s water rescue were unsuccessful. The victim, 18-year-old Don Pen Soh Boma, from Burtonsville, MD, was pronounced deceased at Atlantic General Hospital last evening.
Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the victim. On behalf of the entire Town of Ocean City, our thoughts and prayers are with them during this very difficult time.
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.