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Calif. Lifeguard Drowns While Rescuing Swimmer

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:42:12 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A beach lifeguard in Southern California drowned on Sunday while rescuing a struggling swimmer.

Ben Carlson, 32, went underwater when the two were hit by a huge wave.

The swimmer made it to shore safely while Carlson did not.

Twelve-foot swells hampered search efforts, and Carlson's body was found three hours later.

Tom Gill, spokesperson for the United States Lifesaving Association, said, "For a professional lifesaver to lose their life in the line of duty like that is as rare as we could ever imagine."

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