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It’s a busy time for the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Sgt. Rick Cawthern told WBOC that just last week there nearly a thousand rescues.

He adds that the signs warning people of the dangers of drowning are often ignored by the public as they jump into the ocean waters.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol warns inexperienced swimmers not to go out if there is no lifeguard on duty.

Meanwhile, in Assateague Park officials reported a drowning death of a Connecticut man who was found around an hour and a half after the lifeguards left their posts for the day.


On Sunday a man drowned in the Nanticoke River after he swam out to help some kayakers who were having some problems.

Officials say that the man got caught up in the water near the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Maryland.

WBOC reports that firefighters and diving units from a number of departments around Wicomico County came to the scene to help.

The television station reports that so far the man’s identity has not been revealed.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Delaware officials say off-duty Ocean City Beach Patrol members rescued an unresponsive Virginia man who was later pronounced dead.

News outlets report 35-year-old Timothy Thompson, from Prince George, Virginia, was located after witnesses reported seeing a submerged swimmer Monday. Thompson was taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol cleared the ocean of swimmers and went off-duty at 5:30 p.m.


BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service says a Pennsylvania man has drowned off the Maryland coast of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Park Service spokeswoman Liz Davis tells local media that 45-year-old Charles Poole of Trappe, Pennsylvania, was swimming with his teenage son at an unguarded part of the beach on Tuesday afternoon.

Davis says surfers found Poole unresponsive in the water and brought him ashore. Lifeguards performed CPR, but Davis says Poole was pronounced dead at a hospital in Berlin, Maryland. His son was not injured.

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Officials have identified 20 year old Maurice Wright of Norfolk as an apparent drowning victim who was last seen on Sunday afternoon near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was wading from the beach to a pontoon when he disappeared under the surface of the water.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

The paper reports that the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search last night.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police have recovered the body of a man who disappeared after his sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says a charter boat came across the body of 46-year-old Adrian Perez on Wednesday morning.

Perez was from Upper Marlboro. He was fishing with his son, another man and that man's three children on Sunday when his boat sank near the Bay Bridge. Police say the people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets. A nearby boater pulled the other five people from the water.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a boy was found unresponsive in a pool at a home in Newark.

Troopers say about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor saw a 1-year-old boy lying in about 18 inches of water in the cover of an in-ground pool. Police say the neighbor notified the 16- and 13-year-old who were caring for the child, and called 911.

New Castle County Paramedics who went to the home say the child did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they arrived.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Police say a 50-year-old California man has died at Dewey Beach in a drowning or diving death.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a 4 year old boy drowned last night in Delmar.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that deputies arrived on the scene and got the boy to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center to be with his family.

WBOC also reports that officials say the death appears to be accidental.

The death is still under investigation.           

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police say they've interviewed two people who chased a man who jumped into the Wicomico River and drowned, but they're trying to identify a third.

Police say three people chased 24-year-old Lamar Sheppard of Salisbury after an apparent drug transaction Sunday night. Police say surveillance video shows Sheppard run toward the boat ramp and go into the water himself before his three pursuers arrive, though he couldn't swim.