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Heavy Shore Break Injures Teen in O.C.

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- A teenage girl is recovering from serious back and neck injuries she sustained after being caught in what is believed to have been a heavy shore break, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

"She tried to jump over an oncoming wave, when she dove head first into shallow waters," said OCBP Lt. Mike Stone.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday near 100th Street. The swimmer was airlifted to the hospital. 

"The ccean is always unpredictable. It could be rough one day and calm the next," said Lt. Stone.

Hundreds of people are injured every year when they get slammed to the ocean floor by waves breaking abruptly in shallow waters. The unpredictable and "very" dangerous waves are called shore breaks.

"I try to stay away from where the waves are breaking," said Rich Ziminski, of Ocean City. "The waves are breaking right on the shore that's where you can get hurt."

Warning signs are up, but Roger Line, of Ocean City, believes a lot of swimmer's let their guards down.

"Usually we are right up at the water with them," said Line. "We don't let them go out too deep. 'Cause it gets scary, they get knocked down, even old people. Some old lady got knock down yesterday and it was scary."

Every summer lifeguards handle more than a hundred rescues of swimmers who hit the ocean bottom, according to OCBP.

"The rip tides, the current will take you out," said Line, which is why he will continue to keep an eye on his kids when at the beach. "Yeah they [the waves] were really bad. Tossing the kids around and everything."

Lifeguards urge swimmers to check in, before they dive in.

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