Dang these guys are well trained the waters had to be rip tide vortex. This isnt good.
NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — 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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