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Newport Beach lifeguard dies during rescue

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http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-0709-lifeguard-death-20140706,0,4324162.story

 

A 15-year veteran lifeguard drowned while rescuing a swimmer Sunday evening in Newport Beach.

Ben Carlson, 32, is the first lifeguard to die in the line of duty in the city's history, Newport Beach fire chief Scott Poster said in a televised news conference.

"It's just an utter tragedy to lose a man of that caliber in the water today," Poster said.

According to the chief, Carlson entered the water from a rescue boat that had responded to a swimmer battling 6- to 8-foot surf off the Balboa Peninsula near 16th Street shortly after 5 p.m.

Carlson began helping the swimmer to shore when a large wave hit them both and the rescuer disappeared in surf that reached 12 feet, Poster said.

After a three-hour search that included a helicopter, 25 people in the water and at least 30 personnel supporting from the shore, rescuers found Carlson and pulled him onto the Newport Pier.

Paramedics took Carlson to Hoag Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Poster said.

"The swimmer that he rescued made it safely to shore," the chief said.

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Was that down at the Wedge? The waves really stack up down there.

No by the pier.

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I was out in the surf yesterday here in SO CAL. The waves were some of the largest I have encountered in California since moving here from Hawaii. The water was warm and the beach was packed. I suspect the lifeguard and the swimmer he was attempting to rescue may have collided in the turbulence and Carlson may have been knocked out by that impact or possibly impact with the bottom. There were lots of rescues yesterday including a broken back. God speed to lifeguard Carlson and all of those like him who risk their own lives to save others in peril. Sad day for sure.

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Just heard on the other side of the country at Ocean City one lifegaurd went to rescue a surfer, got stuck in the outgoing current from the inlet, another one went out to get those two, got stuck as well, and so on until *4* lifegaurds and a surfer were out there :rolleyes: The USCG went out and got all 5.

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