UPDATED: Search Ends for Missing Swimmer in Ocean City


Ocean City officials on the beach at 4th Street/Image courtesy Kite Loft webcam

UPDATED – 5/7/23 7:15pm – Ocean City Police confirm that a body found on the beach at 4th Street early Sunday morning is the missing swimmer – 21 year old Praise Ezechibueze of New Jersey. Police say a citizen walking on the beach reported the body on the beach and members of the Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Services responded to the scene and detectives identified the man as the missing swimmer.


UPDATED – 5/7/23 – 6:15pm – There has been no confirmation that the possible body recovered in the area of 4th Street and the ocean is that of the swimmer who disappeared in the water off 25th Street in Ocean City on Saturday.

Ocean City officials report two swimmers in the area of 25th Street became distressed Saturday afternoon – one was rescued – the other was the subject of a search until dark by the US Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police by air and by boat. While the weather may be springlike – the water is still very cold and Ocean City lifeguards are NOT on duty until Memorial Day weekend. Keep your feet in the sand till the guards are in the stand.

Search for missing swimmer in Ocean City / Image courtesy OCVFD


The search continued into last evening for a 21 year old swimmer missing in the surf off 25th Street in Ocean City. Officials say two swimmers were in the water around 3:30pm and became distressed – one was rescued and in the care of EMS. Rescue swimmers from the Ocean City Fire Department began searching the area along with the US Coast Guard and Natural Resources Police.

The scene was turned over to the Coast Guard who continued to search with Natural Resources by air and boat until late evening. There has been no update since Saturday evening.