Breaking: Surf Search for Missing Teen in Ocean City
Update: The Ocean City Fire Department released this statement Thursday morning
The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) responded to several swimmers in distress on Wednesday, August 4, in the area of 112th Street. At approximately 3:50 p.m., on-duty lifeguards noticed a group who appeared to be struggling to swim.
As three of the distressed swimmers exited the water, OCBP personnel attempted to rescue one swimmer being swept away in a rip current. At the same time, Ocean City Communications received a call about the same swimmer being swept away from shore. First responders from the Ocean City Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and Natural Resources Police were immediately dispatched to the area to assist with the rescue. Ocean City Beach Patrol deployed a team of 50 Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) to conduct an in-the-water search.
Despite a two-hour search and the best efforts of first responders, the 17-year-old swimmer was not located. The name of the swimmer, who is from Annapolis, Maryland, is not being released at this time.
Multiple agencies are searching the surf in front of the Rainbow Condo in Ocean City after a teen reportedly disappeared late this afternoon. The search began around 3:50 p.m. when Ocean City Beach Patrol reported a missing 17-year-old boy submerged in the surf.
Lifeguards and rescue swimmers are conducting shallow-water “duck dives” in the area. Ocean City police, fire/EMS, Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard are assisting with the search.
The current appears to be moving south. This story will be updated as info becomes available.
Update: the Coast Guard released this statement Wednesday evening:
Coast Guard and local first responders are searching for a missing 17-year-old male, Wednesday, near Ocean City.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Ocean City received the initial report at approximately 3:50 p.m., from the Ocean City 911 Dispatcher. The boy was reported missing after swimming on the ocean side of 112th Street in Ocean City.
- A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Ocean City
- An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
- Maryland Natural Resources Police
- Ocean City Fire Department
- Ocean City Beach Patrol