UPDATE: Willards Girl Identified as Victim in Ocean City Drowning
A relative says they have set up an account at the Farmer's Bank of Willards on Market Street for donations.
A viewing is set for Monday, September 14 at the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home in Salisbury from 6 until 8 p.m, relatives said.
As the funeral, it will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at noon at the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury.
An evening at the beach became a tragedy for a local family Saturday. At approximately 7 p.m., Ocean City Fire Department and Beach Patrol rescue swimmers responded to the Inlet after Ocean City Communications received a call for a young swimmer in distress.
According to witnesses, the victim, an 8-year-old female, was swimming with friends in shallow water when she was struck by a wave. The young girl was overcome by the wave and pulled in to the inlet waters.
Minutes later, an on-duty Maryland Natural Resources Police patrol vessel responded to the area and located the child nearly a quarter of a mile off shore.
The victim was taken to the United States Coast Guard Station, where Ocean City EMS continued life-saving efforts.
The child was immediately taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.
An autopsy to confirm the cause and manner of death is currently being conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, however; the results were not available at the time of this release.