NRP officers rescue a teenage swimmer showing signs of hypothermia off the beach in Ocean City. Md. Photo: Campos Media

Hypothermic Swimmer Rescued in Ocean City, Md.

A young swimmer was pulled from the water on Monday with mild hypothermia, serving as a reminder that while we’re looking forward to warm sunshine this Memorial Day weekend, the water temperature remains low.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) say they were called to help the Ocean City Fire Department with a water rescue about 200 yards offshore, in the area of 52nd Street. NRP officers found a male subject, a teenager, according to Ocean City Beach Patrol, floating on his back. A fire department rescue swimmer was also in the water.

Beach Patrol tells Bay Bulletin the water temperature was 54 degrees on Monday.

NRP says when officers tried to call out to the young man, he didn’t respond, tipping them off to hypothermic symptoms. Officers were able to lift him onto their patrol vessel.

NRP took him and the rescue swimmer to U.S. Coast Guard Station Ocean City, where paramedics met them and transported them to a nearby hospital to treat for mild hypothermia.

-Meg Walburn Viviano