Newport Beach Lifeguard Drowns While Rescuing Man In Rough Waters

Dang these guys are well trained the waters had to be rip tide vortex. This isnt good.

CBS Los Angeles

NEWPORT BEACH (   —  A Newport Beach lifeguard drowned Sunday rescuing a man who got caught up in rough surf.

The lifeguard was identified as 32-year-old Ben Carlson, a 15-year veteran of the department.

Carlson entered the water about 5 p.m., near 16th Street, to rescue a man who got overtaken by rough water about 6-8 feet deep.

While making the rescue, Carlson was also overtaken by the rough rip tide.

After being hit by a huge wave, Carlson went down and was not seen again until about 8 p.m.

Carlson was pulled from the water near the Newport Beach Pier at 72 McFadden Place.

Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster made the sad announcement at a news briefing Sunday evening.

“Today, it’s with deep sorrow,” Poster said, “that the Newport Beach Fire Department announces the on-duty death of one of our own.”

The Sunday tragedy was the first time…

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