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Hundreds paddle out to recall drowned lifeguard

Posted: July 13, 2014 4:45 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2014 4:45 p.m.

A Coast Guard helicopter hovers over people gathered for a memorial for Newport Beach lifeguard, Ben Carlson

 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of surfers paddled out on boards to remember a Southern California lifeguard who drowned a week ago while saving a swimmer caught in treacherous surf.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1m8lxOz) that more than 2,000 people joined the paddle-out tribute Sunday in Newport Beach in memory of 32-year-old lifeguard Ben Carlson. Thousands more watched from the pier and beach.

Carlson died a week ago during a rescue after disappearing under 10- to 12-foot waves. He was the first lifeguard to die in the Orange County city known for sandy beaches and waves that attract the attention of surfers worldwide.

Surfer Bobby Zahabizadeh says he's grateful for the lifeguards. He was just a few towers away when Carlson died.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com


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