Authorities on arrival found a vehicle halfway on the railing and several people injured, the department said.
“During the collision, a pediatric patient was thrown from the car, which rolled over the guardrail, and landed in Assawoman Bay,” he added.
It was then that a Good Samaritan stepped in and made a brave rescue – jumping “immediately” over the railing and into the bay, saving the baby.
Rob Korb, a life member of the Ocean City Fire Department and Worcester County Senior Deputy Fire Marshal, told CNN he “tripped” over the incident while shopping.
“The real hero in this situation is the Good Samaritan who stepped in to bring rescue measures to the child. I would like to shake his hand or buy him a beer or both someday,” Korb said.
Firefighters were able to secure the vehicle with rescue tools and paramedics treated several patients, firefighters said in the statement.
Seven people were airlifted to local hospitals while the infant was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, the department said. CNN contacted the hospital but was unable to determine the child’s condition.