One man drowned in a Howard County quarry yesterday and two others were believed to have died in rough surf off Ocean City -- the first drownings of the year at the beach, authorities said.
The Coast Guard and Ocean City beach patrol were still searching last night for the bodies of a Virginia man and a teen-ager, who witnesses saw go under in separate areas, said Sgt. Jay W. Hancock, an Ocean City police spokesman.
Police identified one of the missing as Arcides Guzman, 30, of Falls Church, Va., who vanished at 9:30 a.m. in rough water off an inlet jetty near the southern tip of the beach.
Witnesses reported seeing Mr. Guzman struggling to stay afloat before disappearing below the surface, police said.
At 3:40 p.m., in surf near 30th Street, a swimmer attempted to help a teen-ager to shore after the boy was apparently in trouble. But the tide pushed the two apart and the boy went under, Sergeant Hancock said.
Although no missing person report was filed and no body was found, it is believed that the struggling swimmer drowned, he said.
The drownings would be the first to occur in the ocean surf at the resort so far this year, Sergeant Hancock said.
In Howard County, rescue workers reported that a 22-year-old man drowned in approximately 15 feet of water at the Nichols Quarry near Highland Road in Clarksville.
The man, who has not been identified pending notification of relatives, was about 75 feet from shore when he went under at 6:10 p.m., rescue workers said. His body was recovered at 7:28 p.m. by divers from the Gamber Volunteer Fire Department.