Ocean City

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The death of a Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach is highlighting the potential dangers of digging holes in the sand.

The Daily Times reports that the danger is significant enough that beach patrols in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enforce a rule barring beachgoers from digging holes deeper than knee-length.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found collapsing sand holes caused 31 deaths over a 10-year period in the 12 states examined in the report.

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The case of the 2016 White Marlin Open fishing tournament may not be over yet.

Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million says he’s going to a federal district court decision upholding the tournament’s decision to rescind the prize money.

Tournament officials disqualified him after determining that he had violated the rules of the fishing contest following being given a lie detector test.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that White Marlin Open officials said they would distribute the money among the other winners.

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The body of 30-year-old Ashley O’Connor of Texas was discovered in a hole on an Ocean City beach.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort’s police department was notified that a body near Second Street had been found around 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The paper reports that that O’Connor apparently got separated from her family earlier in the morning.

Authorities say her death appears to be accidental but they have not ruled anything out.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured after he fell from a hotel balcony in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reports the 37-year-old man was sitting on a railing when he fell backwards early Saturday from a third-floor balcony at the Commander Hotel.

Police said alcohol played a role in the incident. They did not release the man's identity.

The man was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of three people including two from the Beach Patrol yesterday afternoon in the waters just off Ocean City.

After someone was swept out by the inlet current two Beach Patrol members jumped in but they were also taken out by the current.

WBOC reports that the Coast Guard was alerted and sent a boat crew which eventually rescued all three.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Ocean City amusement park ride made by the same manufacturer as one that malfunctioned in Ohio, killing one person, has been inspected as a precaution and will continue operating.

Theresa Blaner is a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She tells the Baltimore Sun the Freakout at Trimper Rides is the only one in the state similar to the Fireball in Ohio. One person was killed and seven others were injured when the Fireball broke apart Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 6-foot (2-meter) long dead shark has washed ashore a Maryland beach.

Ocean City town officials tell media outlets that the shark appeared Monday on the 120th Street beach. Lifeguards pulled it from the water in front of a crowd of beach-goers.

It's unclear what type of shark it was.

No other information was immediately available.

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Despite the expectation of a large number of college students during College Beach Week Ocean City remained quiet for the most part this week past weekend.

There were more Ocean City Police and some Maryland State Troopers on hand along the boardwalk just in case.

Ocean City police told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were very few criminal incidents.

They added the arrests that did take place were for minor infractions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland environmental coalition is criticizing an amendment added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris that they say could stop two offshore wind proposals near Ocean City.

The Maryland Climate Coalition said Wednesday the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week would prohibit the Interior Department from approving project construction plans, despite six years of debate and approval by state lawmakers and regulators.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris to require offshore wind turbines to be at least 24 miles off the coast could jeopardize their development in the region.

The amendment by the Eastern Shore Republican was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

And it comes after Ocean City officials said the sight of the turbines could jeopardize the resort’s tourist industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris points out that a similar project of the Virginia coast was 27 miles away from the shore.

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