Coast Guard rescues surfer, beach patrol members near Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - A surfer and three members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol were rescued by Coast Guard crews on Friday.

The beach patrol attempted to assist the surfer, who was carried to an inlet by a storm current.

Called for assistance at about 3 p.m., the Coast Guard sent two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews who took the surfer and beach patrol members on board. The boat crews were in the area conducting heavy weather training, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

“It is obvious that the bigger waves caused by storms and hurricanes would be attractive to surfers,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Tomlin, a coxswain from Coast Guard Station Ocean City. “But what people don’t realize is that when they find themselves in trouble and need assistance, they place the life of others in danger. Even the best swimmers can run into trouble so please stay out of the water during storms.”

No injuries were reported.