coast guard rescue

(Sept. 7, 2018) Ocean City earned national headlines Sunday after a spearfisherman accidentally shot himself in the head, according to reports, and was airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with the spear still embedded in his skull.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said the incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. aboard a 25-foot cabin cruiser about 35 nautical miles from the Maryland/Delaware state line.

According to officials, Coast Guard rescue vessels were sent from both Ocean City and Indian River, but a helicopter from Atlantic City reached the scene first.

The first responder to assess the victim was a Coast Guard rescue swimmer lowered from the helicopter.

The victim was brought to the Coast Guard Station in Ocean City, before being airlifted to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore around 3:20 p.m.

Video posted on social media shows the victim being transported from an ambulance to a Maryland State Police helicopter with the spear still lodged in his head.

WGMD Radio reported that personnel from the Baltimore City Fire Department were called to the Shock Trauma shortly after 6 p.m. to help remove the spear.

Coast Guard officials said it was reported to them the victim died sometime later.

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