13-year-old camper drowns in MD lake

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 13-year-old boy drowned Friday during a camp trip to a Maryland lake.

The camper was swimming at the lake at Oregon Ridge when witnesses saw him struggle and go under water within the swimming area, Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) officials said.

"Today, a group of our campers arrived at Oregon Ridge Park shortly after noon. After being swim-tested by the staff at the park, one group of campers decided to swim out to the dock within the guarded swim area of the lake. As the swimmers were climbing onto the dock, one of the boys noticed another camper struggling and then go under. The boy did not survive. We are incredibly saddened by the situation and all our efforts are focused on helping the family of the victim and the other campers and their families," camp officials said.

Several of the lake's lifeguards were in the water searching for the boy when they arrived at the lake, officials said.

The boy's body was recovered at 3:08 p.m. about two and a half hours after they were initially called to the scene. The boy was found in about 45 feet of water, officials reported.

The boy was part of the Silver Spring-based Camp Sonshine. Officials report that the camper, as well as the rest of the swimmers in the group, had passed a swim test, officials said.

Members of the camp told officials that today was the boy's 13th birthday, BCoFD officials reported.

The camp is located at Camp Sonshine is located at 16819 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.


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