OCHS crew accident sends 7 team members to hospital

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No one injured after shell gets stuck in the mud

OCEAN CITY — Seven very wet and very cold members of the Ocean City High School crew team were transported to Shore Medical Center on Wednesday evening after their eight-man shell got stuck in the mud near Waterview Road in Merion Park.

“We got the call for a water rescue around 6:16 p.m.,” said Ocean City Fire Capt. David Weeks. “When we arrived we observed a crew boat up against the pilings. The boys were coming towards us.”

Weeks said none of the seven crew members were injured in the incident.

He said firefighters warmed the boys in the ambulances. Members of the Ocean City Police Department were the first to arrive on the scene. The shell was apparently stuck in the mud, causing the boys to wade through the water to get to shore. The boat got stuck about 20 feet from the shore and was stuck up against the pilings at 3828 Waterview Road, according to Weeks.

With blustery west winds at about 20 mph and the water measuring about 36 degrees, Weeks said the boys were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

“We took five of the boys in one ambulance and two in the other,” he said. “The wind was really blowing and with the tide. They apparently couldn’t get the boat back to the crew house.”

The OCHS crew team utilizes a nearby crew house and launches the shells from underneath the 34th Street bridge.


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