Fisherman Impaled By Spear Gun

Fisherman Impaled By Spear Gun
Emergency rescue personnel are pictured tending to the injured fisherman. Photo by Cesar Campos-Campos Media

OCEAN CITY — An unidentified fisherman remained in critical condition this week after accidentally getting shot in the head and impaled by a spear gun offshore Sunday afternoon.

Around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Coast Guard Station Ocean City received a call about an accident involving a spear gun on a 25-foot fishing boat about 35 miles off the coast. Coast Guard Station Ocean City and Coast Guard Station Indian River launched rescue vessels to respond to the scene, while Coast Guard Station Atlantic City launched a helicopter to respond.

The Coast Guard helicopter arrived on the scene first and determined an unidentified fisherman had been accidentally shot in the head and impaled by a spear gun. The Coast Guard helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer to the vessel and the rescue swimmer began to immediately administer First Aid until the Coast Guard vessels arrived on scene.

The victim was transported by rescue boat to Coast Guard Station Ocean City where Ocean City Fire Department EMS were waiting. The victim was then transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in critical condition.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.