Flying Point Park in Harford Co. closed to swimming after incident

July 06, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

Flying Point Park was closed to swimming yesterday, one day after a 13-year-old boy was injured when he apparently became stuck in the mud after jumping into the water from a pier, Harford County officials said.

James Bills of Middle River had to be pulled from the water late Thursday afternoon.

He was listed in stable but guarded condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The teen-ager went into the water off the pier between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and apparently became stuck in the mud, according to the Abingdon Volunteer Ambulance crew that was called to the scene.

Merrie Street, director of Harford County's government and community relations, said crew members removed mud and silt from the boy's mouth and nose. The teen-ager was later flown to Hopkins.

Street said no lifeguards are at the park, but a sign warns people about swimming at their own risk.

Signs banning swimming and wading at the beach were erected yesterday, Street said. The park remains open for other activities, she said.

Arden McClune of the Harford parks department said a lot of sand was swept into the waters off Flying Point by Hurricane Floyd two years ago.

"The soft bottom in the creek has created public safety concerns, [and] we're shutting down the beach to swimmers and waders," she said.

Flying Point Park is at the tip of Otter Point Creek, which feeds into the Bush River.

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