An 18-year-old Paint Branch High School graduate has died after being rescued from a rip current in Ocean City.
“Just after 4:30 p.m. Monday, three swimmers got caught in a riptide near 137th Street beach,” said Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters. The Ocean City Beach Patrol said one of its lifeguards was able to rescue two of the swimmers, but could not immediately find the third.
In all, 15 rescue swimmers from the town’s Beach Patrol and Fire Department responded and were eventually able to locate the victim. Maryland State Police Trooper 4 and the United States’ Coast Guard personnel also helped in the rescue. The victim, who has been identified by town officials as Don Pen Soh Boma, was treated on scene by EMS personnel and then transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
“Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the victim,” Waters wrote in an email. “On behalf of the entire town of Ocean City, our thoughts and prayers are with them during this very difficult time.”
Waters said the last time a swimmer died while lifeguards were on duty was at the beginning of the season in 2007. She said there have been drownings since then during the off-duty hours.