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Coast Guard Rescues Surfer, Beach Patrol Swimmers in Ocean City

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U.S. Coast Guard Boat (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A surfer attempted to ride the waves created by Hurricane Arthur in Ocean City Friday, and he and three beach patrol swimmers ended up needing to be rescued.

Coast Guard officials say they were contacted by Ocean City officials around 3 p.m., with reports of beach patrol swimmers and a surfer in need of assistance after the surfer was carried to the inlet by a storm current.

Two boat crews were in the area conducting heavy weather training, and were able to respond to the rescue.

Crews were successful in rescuing the surfer and three beach patrol swimmers.

“It is obvious that the bigger waves caused by storms and hurricanes would be attractive to surfers,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Tomlin, a coxswain from Coast Guard Station Ocean City. “But what people don’t realize is that when they find themselves in trouble and need assistance, they place the life of others in danger. Even the best swimmers can run into trouble so please stay out of the water during storms.”
No injuries were reported.

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