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

The 22-year-old was swimming in the Ocean City area of Maryland when he came into difficulty.

Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland
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AN IRISH STUDENT is in “very serious condition” after suffering from an apparent cardiac arrest while swimming yesterday morning in Maryland.

The 22-year-old J1 student was swimming with three other people at a beach in the North Division Street area of Ocean City, Maryland.

The Ocean City Fire Department’s (OCFD) rescue swimmers were dispatched to the scene at around 6.30am local time (11.30am Irish time).

Upon arrival, the rescue team learned that the four swimmers had entered the water and began to struggle.

One of the swimmers made it to land and called 911 for assistance.

The team assisted two of the swimmers to shore.

However during the rescue, the fourth swimmer – the Irish student – began to suffer from the apparent cardiac arrest, according to the OCFD.

He was immediately given CPR and transferred to Atlantic General Hospital, where he is in a “very serious condition”.

“The Ocean City Fire Department’s rescue swimmers urge beach-goers to swim only when the lifeguards are on duty,” the OCFD said in a statement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told that it is “aware of the case and is providing assistance”.

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