Three Ocean Swimmers Rescued

OCEAN CITY — A combined Ocean City Public Safety effort resulted in the successful rescue of three swimmers in the ocean at around 20th Street late Sunday afternoon, reiterating the importance of keeping one’s feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand.

The popular Ocean City Beach Patrol slogan was on display Sunday afternoon when three swimmers in distress were safely pulled from the ocean in the area of 20th Street. Around 4 p.m., the town’s Communications Division received a call for a water rescue on the beach at 20th Street. Minutes later, members of the Ocean City Fire Department arrived on the scene and witnessed three victims in the water. Two other individuals who were not in distress were also in the water attempting to help the victims.

Two OCFD rescue swimmers entered the water while two remained on shore. In addition, two members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, which is not currently on-duty for the season, arrived shortly thereafter and assisted the OCFD rescue swimmers. Two of the victims were treated on the scene while a third was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

“This is an excellent example of how the quick response and teamwork of our public safety personnel resulted in saving three lives,” said OCFD Chief Chris Larmore. “We want to remind our residents and visitors of our Beach Patrol’s message: Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand.”