Ocean City Today

Man drowns despite water rescue

By Katie Tabeling | Aug 01, 2017
Photo by: Greg Ellison

A 35-year-old man, Timothy Thompson from Prince George, Virginia, drowned while swimming in the ocean near First Street hours after lifeguards had left the stands on Monday.

Around 7:20 p.m., Ocean City Beach Patrol and fire department rescue swimmers responded to a 911 call for a swimmer in distress. Ocean City Police, the Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard also responded.

“All rescue divers performed recuse diving techniques for 15 minutes in the water before they were able to locate him,” Waters said. “When he was brought on the beach, CPR was initiated.”

The man was transported to Atlantic General Hospital by Ocean City EMS. Ocean City officials were notified of the man’s death around 8:30 p.m.

Waters said that "it was possible" that the man was caught in rip currents.

"I can't say for sure, but the ocean was particularly angry yesterday," she said.

Beachgoers are reminded to “keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard is in the stand.” Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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