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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | June 15, 1994
Ocean City -- They are just No. 18 and No. 19 at 10:30 a.m., as Lt. Skip Lee assigns each Beach Patrol applicant a number, writing it on their right biceps in black Magic Marker."
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Marylanders planning to travel to Ocean City for the Labor Day holiday need to be aware of the potential for dangerous rip currents because of tropical storm Cristobal, which continues to churn far out in the Atlantic. So far this summer Ocean City has seen a number of deaths related to rip currents, including an 18-year-old from Virginia who drowned Tuesday, leading town officials to post swimming restrictions that could last into the weekend. In an interview in July, Capt.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | May 28, 1994
Ocean City -- Starting today, a Beach Patrol veteran will be sitting in each of the 87 stands that punctuate the sand from the inlet all the way up to the Delaware line.Christa Proschinger won't be in one of the tall, shaded chairs with the orange umbrellas. She's still trying to earn one of those spots."If I don't make it, I'm so proud of myself that I tried," says the 20-year-old from Philadelphia. "I've never tried anything this hard."Ms. Proschinger was one of 54 applicants vying on a cold, rainy day last week for one of 42 Beach Patrol openings.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
A half dozen swimmers were rescued by lifeguards Friday evening along the beach in Ocean City as rip currents formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, an Ocean City Beach Patrol official said Saturday. One person who was rescued required hospitalization, said Butch Arbin, captain of the beach patrol. All the rescues occurred after the lifeguards had gone off duty for the evening at 5:25 p.m., but while mobile beach patrols were in place through 7:30 p.m. for the busy holiday weekend, Arbin said.
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September 20, 2006
An article in Saturday's Maryland section about the drownings of a Columbia man and his 15-year-old daughter off Ocean City on Thursday reported that Douglas and Amy Martin were the first water-related fatalities at the Atlantic resort this year. A man died in the surf near 126th Street in early July, but the death has not been classified as a drowning because the beach patrol was never notified of autopsy results, said Lt. Ward Kovacs, a beach patrol spokesman.
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By Sandy Alexander and Tyrone Richardson and Sandy Alexander and Tyrone Richardson,sun reporters | September 16, 2006
CLARIFICATION An article in Saturday's Maryland section about the drownings of a Columbia man and his 15-year-old daughter off Ocean City on Thursday reported that Douglas and Amy Martin were the first water-related fatalities at the Atlantic resort this year. A man died in the surf near 126th Street in early July, but the death has not been classified as a drowning because the beach patrol was never notified of autopsy results, said Lt. Ward Kovacs, a beach patrol spokesman.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | July 27, 1994
Ocean City--"How do you write 'help me' in Japan? I mean, Japanese?" asks Colby Nelson, a Beach Patrol member standing on the beach.Ms. Nelson is one of about a dozen volunteers waiting for a group of students from the Yokohama Academy to arrive in Ocean City. It's a hot, sunny Saturday morning and the Beach Patrol has promised to give the visitors a quick course in rescue techniques.Across Coastal Highway at 41st Street, the visitors arrive. Four busloads of them -- the group is about twice the size the Beach Patrol was expecting.
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By Linda Geeson and Linda Geeson,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | August 2, 1991
Patrick Dearborn's picture shows up a lot on the bulletin board at My Place, a sandwich shop near 115th Street. In each shot, the handsome Annapolis native is wearing his official Ocean City Beach Patrol red sweats and embracing a beautiful woman.Only thing is, it's never the same woman.That's our Pat. He has a new girl every week," teases Carolyn Reale, owner of My Place and surrogate mother to about a third of Ocean City's 150-member beach patrol. Many of the lifeguards gather at her shop at mealtime and for some, it's their only respite between a long day on the beach and nighttime jobs.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 14, 1999
A Harford County man on a day trip with friends to Ocean City drowned yesterday after he fell from an inflatable raft several yards offshore, resort police said.Police said Roger L. Harrell Jr., 22, of Bel Air was 50 yards offshore at 47th Street about 2: 45 p.m. when a friend saw him fall off the raft into rough water that was being whipped by a breeze.The friend, 17, alerted the beach patrol, and at least one member of the safety force reached Harrell before he drifted too far from the beach, police said.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | May 31, 1991
An assistant state medical examiner has ruled that Allen Christopher Mrozinski, an excellent swimmer who died while being tested for a lifeguard job in Ocean City Sunday, drowned accidentally.Mrozinski, 22, of the Carney area in Baltimore County, drowned in a swimming pool while performing a simulated rescue of a drowning victim, who was played by an experienced lifeguard. Several other lifeguards were near the pool when the exercise suddenly turned into a real situation, according to eyewitness and official accounts.
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Stephen B. Awalt | May 15, 2014
Over the next few weeks, graduation gowns will be discarded for shorts, bikinis and sandals as local high school graduates swarm Ocean City for their annual spring rites. Some will stay on for the summer as waitresses or busboys, others staffing the candy stores and French-fry stands along the boardwalk. A few dozen others will bear late May's cold water and waves and try out for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, as I did 37 years ago. When I graduated from high school in the mid-1970s, the political upheavals of the late '60s and early '70s were behind us, and my friends and I wandered through life without the calling or purpose of our immediate predecessors.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Rodney, Rodney, Rodney! This Ocean City lifeguard lookalike gets all of the attention in summer so it makes complete sense that he's taking over the town - at least for a day. Ocean City officials say the "spokesguard" - um, he's not a real member of the beach patrol - will be all about town on Tuesday, meeting visitors, posing for photos, traveling the boardwalk and even working behind the counter at Fisher's Popcorn. Rodney's day will start early at the umbrella stand near the pier.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman , The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2012
Three swimmers got into trouble late Friday afternoon and had to be pulled from the waters near 90th Street and the beach in Ocean City. The distress call came in around 6 p.m., after lifeguards were no longer on duty. Officials said Ocean City police, fire, beach patrol and emergency services responded to the call, but witnesses were able to rescue two of the swimmers and another one was pulled from the water by an off-duty beach patrol member. All three swimmers were hospitalized and their condition is unknown.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 20, 2012
It's the first day of summer, so a long beach weekend must surely be in sight. The sun, sand and sea are a volatile mix - so it's important to keep safety in mind for the season. To kick things off, I asked Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin (think chief of police, but for the beach) to pass along some beach safety tips. Arbin, who has been a part of the beach patrol for 40 years, said there are precautions you can take - things that could affect people's lives. So head out for summer vacation and make sure you keep these five safety tips in mind when you visit Ocean City: 1. Stay close to the lifeguards.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
If you want to be an Ocean City lifeguard, now's your chance. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is holding a pre-employment physical skills test on Saturday for those interested in joining the beach patrol on duty next summer. Candidates will swim 500 meters, run 300 meters, perform simulated swimming rescues and demonstrate their ability to run fast in timed sprint races. The activities take place in the ocean or a pool, depending on conditions, with all running activities held on the beach.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2010
Search crews are looking for a swimmer who went missing in an area near 20 t h 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.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | June 20, 1991
Toxicology tests have ruled out drugs and alcohol a contributing factors in the accidental drowning of a 22-year-old Baltimore County man who was trying out for a lifeguard job in Ocean City last month."
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1997
A Pennsylvania man died yesterday morning when he was caught in a rip current in Ocean City, and another man was in critical condition after a surfing accident a short distance away, resort police reported.The death of Kenneth Angle, 55, of Mercersburg was the first drowning in Ocean City this year, according to police.He was swimming alone -- about 15 minutes before lifeguards were to go on duty -- when the strong current pulled him away from the beach near 27th Street, police said.A vacationer on a boardwalk condominium balcony heard Angle calling for help about 9: 45 a.m. and called 911, said Officer Jay Hancock, a town police spokesman.
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May 14, 2008
MAY 25th ANNUAL SPRING SIDEWALK SALES -- Downtown Rehoboth / 800-441-1329, ext. 12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Shops display a variety of items outside at significantly discounted prices. Free. SEASIDE TRAIN SHOW -- Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehobeth Ave., Rehoboth Beach / 302-537-5557. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31. The event features 100 dealers and four operating train layouts. $5. Children 10 and younger admitted free. JUNE 4th BETHANY BEACH SEASIDE CRAFT SHOW -- Boardwalk and bandstand area / 302-539-8011 or townofbethanybeach.
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October 5, 2007
Blasting caps found on Ocean City beach Ocean City authorities are warning beachgoers after blasting caps were found on the beach, according to the city's office of the fire marshal. Nonelectric blasting caps were found Tuesday and Wednesday, said Fire Marshal Sam Villani, who is also the bomb squad commander. They appeared to have washed in with the tide, he said. The small devices, which can be dangerous when handled, provide the shock that helps detonate a larger explosive. Authorities were alerted to the first cap by people walking the beach, and the beach patrol found the second one on the high tide line, Villani said.
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