Coast Guard assists in Ocean City, Md. rescues

OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Coast Guard and the Maryland Natural Resource Police assisted Ocean City Beach Patrol with two rescues in Ocean City Saturday night.

The Coast Guard received a call for the first case at 6:50 p.m., asking for assistance with the rescue of three boogie boarders who were caught in a rip current near the jetties.

A Coast Guard Station Ocean City rescue boat crew arrived on scene after beach patrol already rescued and brought two of the three men to shore. Two beach patrol members were with the third man but were having trouble fighting the outgoing tide back to shore. The station rescue boat crew pulled all three people aboard while natural resource police assisted with vessel traffic.

The second call came in at approximately 8:30 p.m., when two teenagers were also caught in a rip current.

A Coast Guard Station Ocean City rescue boat crew arrived on scene, pulled the two teens and two of the four beach patrol members who initially responded out of the water. Natural resource police picked up the remaining two beach patrol members.

The Coast Guard urges beach goers to be mindful of rip currents when in the water.

“Beach goers should only swim when lifeguards are present,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Alonzo Curry of Coast Guard Station Ocean City. “People shouldn’t be swimming alone or at night. These are common factors in many of the rip current cases that we receive.”

For more information on rip currents please visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s web site.

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