Crews respond to water rescues at Beaver Dam Swimming Club, Patapsco River

Rescue units responded to two water rescue incidents Wednesday afternoon — one at a swimming club in Baltimore County and one in the Patapsco River in Howard County.

Baltimore County police and fire personnel were called to the Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville around 3:15 p.m. for a report of a missing swimmer in the facility’s quarry.

An employee at the swim club said another swimmer saw an adult Hispanic male jump into the water but never surfaced.

The Baltimore County Fire Department’s dive team arrived at the scene with sonar equipment to locate the missing swimmer, a spokesman said. Authorities reported at around 4:15 p.m. that an adult male had been found unharmed.

Erich Herwig, manager of the swim club, said he wasn’t taking any chances when he received the report of a missing swimmer.

“Right away, our lifeguards did a line search,” Herwig said. “In the meantime, we called 911.”

The missing person was described as a Hispanic young man in his mid-twenties with curly hair. The club made announcements in both English and Spanish using a bullhorn.

Shortly after the 911 call, city and county authorities had their sonar equipment in the water looking for the missing man.

After someone produced a picture of the young man, they called him by name and located him in the back pool.

Relieved that there wasn’t a drowning Herwig, who's worked for 52 years at the club, said drowning or even a possible drowning “takes years off your life.”

Earlier, shortly before 3 p.m. in Howard County, two people were being evaluated in the Ilchester area after they were rescued from the Patapsco River near the swinging bridge.

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