By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
10:02 a.m. | August 3, 2017
OCEAN CITY, Md. – A Prince George man died in Ocean City, Maryland Monday evening after rescue crews found him unresponsive in the water.
According to representatives with the town of Ocean City, dispatchers began to receive calls for swimmers in distress in the area of 1st street, where witnesses on the beach reported seeing a person, later identified as 35-year-old Timothy Thompson of Prince George, who became submerged in the water.
Surf Rescue Technician’s (SRT) working extended mobile patrol arrived in the area of 1st Street and the beach, followed by Ocean City Fire Department rescue swimmers and members of the Coast Guard and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Beach Patrol Surf Rescue technicians along with fire department rescue swimmers immediately began performing search and recovery diving techniques.
Thompson was located shortly after first responders arrived and he was brought onto the beach where paramedics began administering CPR and resuscitation efforts. Thompson was later transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to town officials, members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol went off duty at their regularly scheduled time of 5:30 p.m. on Monday after they cleared all swimmers from the ocean, hours before Thompson was seen unresponsive in the water by witnesses.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family who lost a loved one today,” commented Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald. “We urge our beach patrons to swim only when the lifeguards are on duty and to take the time to walk to and swim in front of the lifeguard.”