OCEAN CITY, MD – (September 6, 2015): An evening at the beach became a tragedy for a local family yesterday. At approximately 7 p.m., Ocean City Fire Department and Beach Patrol rescue swimmers responded to the Inlet after Ocean City Communications received a call for a young swimmer in distress.
According to witnesses, the victim, an 8-year-old female, was swimming with friends in shallow water when she was struck by a wave. The young girl was overcome by the wave and pulled in to the inlet waters.
Minutes later, an on-duty Maryland Natural Resources Police patrol vessel responded to the area and located the child nearly a quarter of a mile off shore. The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to the United States Coast Guard Station, where Ocean City EMS continued life-saving efforts.
The child was immediately taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. An autopsy to confirm the cause and manner of death is currently being conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, however; the results were not available at the time of this release.