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Irish J1 student 'in serious condition' after apparent cardiac arrest while swimming

The pier in Ocean City, Maryland
The pier in Ocean City, Maryland

An Irish student is "in serious condition" after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest while swimming yesterday morning.

The 22-year-old man was swimming with three friends at a beach in the North Division Street area of Ocean City, Maryland at around 6.30am.

They got into trouble in the choppy waters and one of the group managed to reach the shore and call the emergency services.

The Ocean City Fire Department rescue swimmers attended the scene and helped the group to shore.

The OCFD said in a statement: "During the rescue, the fourth swimmer began suffering from an apparent cardiac arrest.

"The victim, a 22-year-old J-1 student from Ireland, was immediately given CPR and transported to Atlantic General Hospital in very serious condition.

"The Ocean City Fire Department’s Rescue Swimmers urge beachgoers to swim only when the lifeguards are on duty.

"The beach patrol is on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Remember, 'keep your feet in the sand, until a lifeguard is in the stand.'"

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told Independent.ie: "We are aware of the case and are providing Assistance."