Student hospitalized after water rescue in Ocean City
The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a surf rescue on Wednesday morning in the area of North Division Street and the beach.
The department's rescue swimmers were called at 6:30 AM for swimmers in distress. Upon arrival, first responders learned that four swimmers went into the water and began to struggle.
One of the swimmers made it to land and called 911 for help. Rescue swimmers arrived on scene and helped two swimmers to shore.
During the rescue, the fourth swimmer began suffering from apparent cardiac arrest. The victim, a 22-year-old J one student from Ireland, was immediately given C.P.R and taken to Atlantic General Hospital in very serious condition.
The Ocean City Fire Department's Rescue Swimmers are urging beach goers to only swim when lifeguards are on duty. The beach patrol is on duty daily from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM People are told to remember to "keep your feet in the sand, until a lifeguard is in the stand."