Ocean City Today

Diving into shallow coastal bays injures two last week

By Katie Tabeling | Jun 29, 2017

(June 30, 2017) Two young men were hospitalized in separate incidents over the course of a week that apparently involved bulkhead diving into shallow water.

On June 22, around 10:50 a.m., a 24-year-old man of Hazelton, Pennsylvania dove from the bulkhead into the bay near 14th Street. He was found unconscious in the bay near the shore, according to Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard.

“Thanks to the efforts of several good Samaritans, the victim was brought onto a citizen’s boat and to a nearby pier to meet responding officers and paramedics,” she said.

The victim was then taken by Ocean City EMS to Atlantic General Hospital. He was later flown by Maryland State Police Trooper 4 to Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, where he is in serious but stable condition.

Five days later, a 19-year-old man from West Virginia dove into the bay around 25th Street. He was later identified as Cody Owens.

State Police helicopter arrived at the scene and flew Owens to a Baltimore area hospital to be treated for neck and back injuries.

Authorities have been advising visitors for years not to dive into unfamiliar water, because much of the coastal bays are shallow near the shoreline.

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