Man in hospital after water rescue in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, MD- A water rescue in Ocean City Friday led to two people being pulled from the water around 19th street in Ocean City. Ocean City police and fire unites responded to a call around 8:40 pm of people in the water, according to Ocean City Fire Department Public Information Officer Ryan Whittington.
When Ocean Rescue swimmers and EMS arrived, the man had been pulled further inland by good samaritans Isaac Hoyman, Zeth Augustine, and Ryan Saylor. Hoyman tells 47ABC a 6-year-old ran up the beach yelling that his parents were drowning. That’s when he says they spotted two figures in the water and decided to attempt to rescue them.
Hoyman says when they reached the man and woman, the man was already unconscious. “We were just trying to help hold his head above water and we had him under our arms, swimming backward and we were all struggling. We were the only ones there at that point with him, and we were tired. I don’t know if it was the current or riptide but we weren’t moving anywhere,” said Hoyman.
Hoyman says they were able to get the man and woman to a more shallow part of the water where the Ocean City Fire Department and Beach Patrol were already on scene. Beach Patrol and rescue swimmers got the man further up the beach and administered CPR, where they declared the man in cardiac arrest and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.
Whittington tells 47ABC that incidents like these can be avoided if people do not swim when it is dark out and lifeguards are not on duty.