Drowning at OC Inlet
UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed an 8-year-old girl from Willards, Md. drowned Saturday night after being overtaken by a wave that drew her a quarter-mile off shore at the Ocean City Inlet.
According to Ocean City spokesperson Jessica Waters, the girl was swimming in shallow “knee-to-waist” level water before being overcome by the wave.
The girl was at beach with family friends and Waters says those friends immediately called 911 after the girl disappeared with the wave.
Waters says Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Beach Patrol rescue swimmers were dispatched as soon as the call came in a 6:58 p.m.
Around 7:05 p.m. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police located the body of the girl a quarter-mile off shore Waters says.
Officials say the girl was unresponsive when rescue personnel reached her. CPR was given at the scene and at the United States Coast Guard office before officials say the girl was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Coast Guard, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Ocean City Fire Dept. and Ocean City Beach Patrol all were on scene.
Reports say water conditions were extremely rough at the time of the drowning.