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Rip currents inundate Ocean City with water rescues Sunday

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Ocean City Fire Department performed several water rescues Sunday, including one incident that left a man in critical condition, after strong rip currents churned up the ocean. 

On Sunday OCFD responded to nine water rescue calls throughout the day, according to department public information officer Ryan Whittington.

In the case of the critical patient, the fire department received a call about an individual in distress in the ocean near Fifth Street just before 2 p.m., Whittington said.

“Our fire department rescue swimmer arrived on scene and observed a male subject who was floating in the water,” Whittington said. “Multiple of our fire department rescue swimmers responded into the ocean.”

Thousands flocked to Ocean City to enjoy Labor Day on the beach and boardwalk. Beachgoers are seen near the Inlet on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

Personnel from the Ocean City Beach Patrol arrived on scene and helped perform CPR once the male victim was brought back to shore, Whittington said.

The male subject was transported to Atlantic General Hospital in critical condition Sunday, according to Whittington, and no update on his status was available Monday morning.

Prior to that call OCFD deployed its rescue swimmers to the beach because of how many water rescues the department was responding to, Whittington said.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service