For the second time this week, firefighters and off-duty lifeguards have pulled a swimmer to shore in cardiac arrest.
The most recent incident was reported just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday off North Division Street. Police say four swimmers were in the ocean when they began to struggle. One of the four was able to make it to shore and get help.
Rescue swimmers arrived on the scene and assisted two swimmers to shore. But the fourth swimmer was brought to shore in cardiac arrest. The victim, a 22-year-old J-1 exchange student from Ireland, was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital. Police have not yet updated his current condition.
In the previous incident, a 35-year-old man from Prince George, Virginia drowned in roughly this same area.
Ocean City urges visitors to swim only when the lifeguards are on duty. The beach patrol is on duty every day during the summer from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Remember, “Keep your feet in the sand, until a lifeguard is in the stand.”