Man killed, child injured in fall from Ocean City sea wall

2-year-old clung to rocks before being rescued by woman

August 15, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A Pennsylvania man was killed and his two-year-old child was injured Tuesday when the pair fell from an Ocean City sea wall onto rocks below, police said Wednesday.

Stephen Richard Ostan, 49, of Marcus Hook, Pa., and his child were walking along a retaining wall at the Ocean City inlet when they fell over the edge together, witnesses told police, beach patrol and fire personnel who arrived on the scene about 3 p.m.

Following the fall, in which police believe Ostan suffered a severe head injury and the child suffered non-life-threatening injuries, an unidentified woman climbed down the wall and pulled the child, who was clinging to rocks, from the water, police said.

The woman was able to hand the child, who police did not identify, to other people on the inlet wall, police said.

The child was then taken to Atlantic General Hospital and later released, police said.

Two people on a private boat attempted to rescue Ostan before being joined by beach patrol and fire rescue personnel and a boat crew with Surf Side Parasail, police said.

Ostan was pulled onto the Surf Side boat and taken to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Ocean City, police said.

He was then transferred to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police are still investigating the cause of his death in conjunction with the state medical examiner.

Police hailed the "courageous actions" of those who participated in efforts to rescue Ostan and the child, but did not identify them.

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