Beachgoer Transported to Hospital After Water Rescue

The female was rescued at Ninth Street Beach after lifeguards had left for the evening.

A tempting 73-degree ocean and strong south winds made for a dangerous combination on Saturday evening as a female was caught in rip currents near the jetty at Ninth Street.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol had ended its shift an hour earlier when people on the beach noticed at 6:30 p.m. that one their group was having trouble getting back to shore.

A member of the group, two bystanders and later police personnel helped bring the swimmer back to the beach. An Ocean City Fire Department water rescue unit also responded.

She was stable and was transported to Shore Memorial Hospital by an OCFD ambulance, according to firefighter Ray Clark. 

Clark said swimmers who take salt water into their lungs can sometimes suffer complications even after they appear to be breathing normally.

All others involved in the rescue refused treatment.

Saturday's weather saw sustained 20-knot winds that generated a strong south swell and strengthened the rip currents that form at the Ninth Street jetty, which is one of the most dangerous spots in Ocean City for swimming and adjacent to one of the most popular beaches.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol's final day of protecting beaches is Sunday, Sept. 23. Lifeguards will patrol a limited number of beaches from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.:

  • Stenton Place
  • St. Charles Place
  • Brighton
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 34th Street
  • 58th Street
Michael Hamilton September 24, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Consider the following: 1.The bad rips at Ninth Street,where multiple drownings having taken place.Where was the OCBP extended hour(5:30-8), "rapid response team" that was in place all summer long on weekends?Explanation needed from Mullineaux! 2. People will continue to go in the water, there and elsewhere, from unguarded beaches during the beautiful fall conditions. 3.OCBP Director Mullineaux (6-months, May1 to Oct 31@ $41,000/2012). Perhaps his boss, the OCFD Chief, will place Mullineaux on a stand at the Ninth Street beach, for the remainder of September. Miller, with his "award-winning rowing technique", could volunteer to back up Mullineaux (the only beach patrol member excused from physically qualifying as a lifeguard).Use October to wax the boats. 4. Keep a "flotation device" at the music pier, readily available for use by the next bystander to use at Ninth Street. 5. Get rid of that jetty at Ninth Street!
EleanorBeachyDuffyFrankvicVirgil September 24, 2012 at 05:16 PM
rip tides suck, so do unguarded beaches, and taxes, seagulls, and people with BO...
feasterville resident September 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Flotation devices should be placed along the beach front at various locations. If a rescue is needed, we the public, will at least be able to launch a device for the person in trouble.
Chuck Biscuits September 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Chuck Biscuits September 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
People need to learn to read the signs at the beaches say NO SWIMMING NEAR JETTY the whole country is dumbing down. Big Brother is there to save your ass, spy on you, and trample your rights in the name of public safety. Good job to the OCPD that put there life in danger saving these dumbasses! Thats good work you can be proud of. All that other stuff, not so much


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