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Resort vacationer saves woman who jumped into bay


OCEAN CITY -- An alert Ocean City vacationer was credited by police with saving a Westminster woman who jumped into Isle of Wight Bay Saturday night and was quickly swept away by a strong current.

Randy Lee Artz of Hagerstown told police he saw the woman in the water from his second-floor apartment at the Crab Cove Condominiums and ran down to help.

He swam out and pulled the woman to some nearby piers, where firefighters pulled them from the water.

The woman, identified as Belinda Victoria Griffith, 27, of the 1300 block of Pinch Valley Road in Westminster, refused medical treatment. She was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

Several witnesses called police about 11 p.m. when they saw what they thought was a boy jump into the water near Third Street.

Police said the woman was about 50 yards off shore and rapidly being pulled toward the treacherous Ocean City Inlet, which connects the bay with the Atlantic Ocean.

Police said they had investigated her earlier in the evening because of a domestic dispute and because she was intoxicated.

Police allege the woman jumped into the bay hoping to get her husband's attention. Authorities said her husband did not see her go into the water.

The woman was released on personal recognizance to await trial.

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