OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Ocean City officials are reminding visitors about risky surf conditions after an 18-year-old Virginia man apparently drowned in the Atlantic Ocean.
A city spokeswoman identified the victim Wednesday as Jose Maudiel Hernandez of Manassas, Virginia.
Beach Patrol Lt. Wade Kovacs says witnesses saw Hernandez apparently caught in a rip current Tuesday evening shortly after 6 p.m. He says lifeguards had gone off duty at 5:30 p.m. and had advised people to stay out of the water.
Kovacs says emergency responders and rescue swimmers located the victim within13 minutes of the initial call. He was treated at the scene but died at a local hospital.
Kovacs says dangerous surf conditions linked to Hurricane Cristobal have prompted lifeguards to restrict swimmers to water no deeper than their knees since Tuesday afternoon.
Beach patrol officials throughout Maryland and Delaware are warning late-summer beach-goers of the dangerous rip currents.
While Hurricane Cristobal is expected to stay well off the East Coast, the National Weather Service said there would be a high risk of dangerous rip currents along beaches.
In Rehoboth Beach, Del., patrol officials have posted periodic swimming bans based on the conditions, said Capt. Kent Buckson..
The Ocean City Beach Patrol in Maryland said it conducted about 120 rip current rescues over the past 24 hours.