2 people dead in 2 days in separate incidents at beach in Ocean City

Vacationers enjoy beach at Ocean City, Md. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

Two people have died in two days on a beach in Ocean City, Maryland. Police say the body of a woman was found near a beach on July 31.

On Tuesday, a man drowned after he was caught in a rip current on the beach. The drowning happened two hours after lifeguards had cleared the water and left the beach. A call to 911 and the beach patrol raced back to water’s edge.

The rescue swimmers jumped in and began a search. It took 15 minutes to recover the body but it was too late. 35-year-old Timothy Thompson of Prince George, Virginia was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“A crowd on the beach pointed out in ocean saying they’re had been a man out there but he had gone underwater,” says Capt. Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

People with Thompson told the beach patrol he’d gone swimming and been caught in a rip current. The head of the beach patrol says the surf was dangerous Monday and a busy one for lifeguards.

“The rip currents that caused 194 rescues yesterday also exist when we go off duty that’s why its important that people don’t go swimming when lifeguards are off duty,” says Arbin.

“In my 45 years on OCBP 95 percent of all fatalities occur when we’re not on duty,” says Arbin.

Vacationer Ray McCarty witnessed the search and recovery last night. He says he came out of the water earlier when it got too rough for him.

“I don’t care how good of a swimmer you are, you get in a rip current like that or rip tide its tough, says McCarthy.

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