Teen killed in rip current in Ocean City

An 18-year-old is dead after getting caught in a rip current in Ocean City.

Our ABC affiliate in Salisbury reports the swimmer was pulled from the water after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

It reportedly took 13 minutes for a rescue swimmer to find the man after emergency calls were made.

So far this morning his name has not been released.

Rip currents are currently a concern for coastal areas of Maryland as Cristobal churns in the Atlantic.

Waves and surf in Ocean City are expected to average 3-4 feet Wednesday. The National Weather Service describes rip currents on Wednesday as "life-threatening."  

Caution is being urged for those entering the water, especially those entering the water during outgoing tides.

Watch second video above for insight on how to break the grip of a rip current.


A rip current is a channel of water that flows out into the ocean from shore. The motion and waves of the ocean are constantly changing the sand on the bottom. Water going back out to sea takes the shortest path and sometimes all that water flows into a narrow area, like a depression between two sand bars, creating a rip current that can pull swimmers away from shore. Rip currents can be anywhere from about the length of a car to over half a football field, said Monty Reed, lifeguard coordinator for North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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