A 17-year-old swimmer was caught in a rip current and pulled under water in Ocean City Friday afternoon, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol.
The swimmer entered the water at 92nd Street, and a beach patrol responded when he went missing at about 2 p.m. Others joined the effort, including about 30 rescue swimmers from the beach patrol and Ocean City Fire Department, as well as from the Ocean City Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Maryland State Police.
A small plane participating in the Ocean City Air Show also aided the search for the swimmer, whose name was not released by the beach patrol.
Once the victim was found, the Ocean City emergency workers treated the swimmer on the scene and then took him to Atlantic General Hospital, where beach patrol officials said he was pronounced dead.
An 18-year-old swimmer died June 3 when he also was caught in a rip current. As the summer season ramps up, the officials also said others planning to go in the water should check with lifeguards about ocean conditions, rip currents and signs of bad weather.