Rescue crews search for missing O.C. swimmer

Ocean City Beach Patrol warns of rough surf, strong rip currents

August 29, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Search crews are looking for a swimmer who went missing in an area near 20th Street in Ocean City.

Beach Patrol officials rescued three swimmers from a group that put out distress signals at about 8 p.m., but crews were unable to locate the fourth person, said Steve Price, a Fire Department spokesman.

Patrol personnel made 250 surf rescues Saturday, Price said. While crews usually quit at 5:30 p.m., he said a "skeleton crew" remains until 8 p.m. because of increased danger.

Tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean are contributing to a rough surf along the 10-mile stretch of Ocean City and a higher frequency of rip currents, according to Beach Patrol officials.

Swimmers should "swim near stations occupied by patrol personnel," Price said.

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