Body of missing 17-year-old Ocean City swimmer found, police confirm

Authorities are confirming the body of a 17-year-old swimmer missing since Wednesday in the water off the beach in Ocean City has been found.

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The boy was swimming in the ocean near 112th Street Wednesday around 3:50 p.m. The Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Fire Department and Beach Patrol all participated in the search.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) responded to several swimmers in distress on Wednesday when on-duty lifeguards noticed a group who appeared to be struggling to swim.

As three of the distressed swimmers exited the water, OCBP personnel attempted to rescue one swimmer being swept away in a rip current. At the same time, Ocean City Communications received a call about the same swimmer being swept away from shore. 

First responders from the Ocean City Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Natural Resources Police were immediately dispatched to the area to assist with the rescue.

Ocean City Beach Patrol deployed a team of 50 Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) to conduct an in-the-water search.

The name of the swimmer, who is from Annapolis, Maryland, is not being released at this time.