The 22 year old Irish student was given CPR immediately at the scene.
An Irish J1 student is a ‘very serious condition’ after being given CPR and rushed to hospital following an incident while swimming yesterday morning in Maryland.
It has been reported that the 22-year-old man along with three others began to struggle as the seawater became rough. 
One of the group managed to alert rescue services at 6.30am.
The Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) rescue swimmers attended the scene and helped the group to shore.
According to OFCD, during the rescue operation, the Irish student went into cardiac arrest. The student was promptly given CPR and is now in Atlantic General Hospital in a ‘very serious condition’.
A statement from OFCD said, "The victim, a 22-year-old J-1 student from Ireland, was immediately given CPR and transported to Atlantic General Hospital in very serious condition.
"The Ocean City Fire Department’s Rescue Swimmers urge beachgoers to swim only when the lifeguards are on duty.
"The beach patrol is on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Remember, keep your feet in the sand, until a lifeguard is in the stand."
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said, "We are aware of the case and are providing Assistance."