Ocean CIty

Teen Dies after Suspected Drowning in Ocean City

A teen who disappeared in the Ocean City surf has been removed from the ocean and taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An 18-year-old from El Salvador reportedly disappeared in the Ocean City surf minutes after 6 p.m. Tuesday, touching off a massive search.

Off-duty lifeguards along with police and fire/EMS personnel searched the surf for the missing teen near the Inlet Lot.

According to one report, a witness said a wave crashed over the victim standing about 50 feet out in the surf.  He did not resurface.

Fire/EMS personnel responded at 6:05 p.m.  By 6:18 p.m., the missing teen was pulled from the surf.

An O.C. paramedic took him to Atlantic General Hospital when he was pronounced dead.

This is the third teenager to die in Ocean City’s surf this summer.

Experts are warning swimmers to be careful the next few days as Hurricane Cristobal passes the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Alan Henney

Written by Alan Henney

Alan Henney is a lifelong Rehoboth Beach seasonal visitor although born and raised in Washington, D.C. He worked several years in D.C. TV news and has been writing the “Rehoboth Weekend Update” for more than 15 years. He earned a BA in journalism with honors and an MBA in computer info systems, both from George Washington Univ. He is also a diehard radio geek. If you have a news story or question, please e-mail him at alan@henney.com