Authorities found a vehicle halfway over the guardrail and many people were injured, the department said.
“During the collision, a pediatric patient was thrown from the car, which was rocking over the guardrail and landed in Assawoman Bay,” it added.
Then a good Samaritan intervened and made a bold rescue, jumping over the guardrail “immediately” and entering the bay, rescuing the baby.
Rob Korb, a lifelong member of the Ocean City Fire Department and a senior deputy firefighter in Worcester County, told CNN he “stumbled”
“The real hero in this situation is the good Samaritan who rushed to provide measures to save the baby. I would like to shake his hand or buy him a beer or both someday,” Korb said.
Firefighters were able to provide the vehicle with rescue tools and paramedics treated several patients, the fire department said.
Seven people were transported by land to local hospitals while the baby was taken to Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, the department said. CNN reached the hospital, but was unable to determine the baby’s condition.