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Friday, August 04, 2017

Two days, 318 rescues made

One person drowned and hundreds of people had to be rescued by the Ocean City Beach Patrol this week, after strong northeast winds over the weekend created a multitude of treacherous rip currents in what had been a relatively peaceful ocean.

“This is the time of year we see this, because of the storm activity. Even if a tropical storm is hundreds of miles away, it can cause rip currents like we’ve been seeing this week,” Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin said.

Lifeguards made 194 water rescues on Monday alone. One fatality also was reported, after Timothy Thomson, 35, of Prince George, Virginia drowned in the waters near First Street around 7:20 p.m.

The Beach Patrol made another 124 rescues on Tuesday, and around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Ocean City Fire Department responded to a call about four swimmers in distress near North Division Street after one of their party made it back to shore and called 911.



Anonymous said...

Ridiculous Amount needing to be save in the First Place !!
Alot of idiots need to stay OUT of the water !!!!!!!

Parents need to stay with their kids too and Watch them !!!

There are something called Swimming POOLS to use .........

Anonymous said...

Will just have to keep ALL out of the water...only Look at it............not reasonable to expect that this many can
be SAVED .......would need to post the military on the
beaches.........cost too much ........
Just tooo Dangerous to swim on these beaches Period

Anonymous said...

Again OC step it up a bit start ticketing these idiots that swim under such conditions. Hire more Beach Patrol to police this situation we all know the town has the money!!

Anonymous said...

Not that anybody on vacation would pay attention, but, what is the reason the OCBP does not use flags for surf conditions??

Anonymous said...

Spent three days at the beach on Chicoteague; absolutely perfect. Breeze not too stiff, water refreshing, surf was super fun to play in. While the beach was crowded we did not feel like people were on top of each other. We were comfortable with the presence of the life guards who were on watch. Excellent!