UPDATE: Man dies after being pulled from Ocean City surf

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UPDATE: The man pulled from the Ocean City surf late Monday Evening has died. The man is being identified as 35-year-old Timothy Thomas of Prince George, Virginia. Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards were off-duty at the time of the incident and officials remind everyone a good policy is: “keep your feet in the sand til the lifeguard is in the stand.”

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For the second time in the past few days, a man has been pulled from the Ocean City surf in cardiac arrest.

The most recent incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday when a man was reported in distress in the area of 1st Street.  Initial reports suggested he was struggling about 100 feet from shore, but when fire/rescue and off-duty lifeguards arrived, he had already submerged.

Beach patrol and OCFD rescue swimmers performed dive searches.  After searching for 10 to 15 minutes, the rescue swimmers pulled the man’s body to shore.  He was in cardiac arrest.  They began CPR and took him by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital.

No word yet from officials on the man’s condition.

The previous incident was on Friday off Caroline St.