The first time in 100 years at Newport Beach, California, a lifeguard lost his life carrying out his duty of protecting those surfing and swimming. The lifeguard, Ben Carlson, lost his life on July 6 when trying to help a swimmer during 10-foot waves, and since the tragic event a lot of mainstream media have picked up this story.
You can watch an interview with the father of this fallen lifeguard in the first video below this article, but the second video below is what really highlights how many people this story touched. It reveals hundreds of surfers gathering to remember this hero, and you can see a paddle-out memorial being held in water near the Newport Beach pier.
There was also a celebration of Ben Carlson’s life at west Newport Beach, near Orange Street. On the day that Ben Carlson died, more than 200 people had been rescued over more than 6 miles of sand in the area and this included the swimmer Ben Carlson helped save.
Take a look at the memorial in Newport Beach surf below, and then share a comment with your thoughts. Ben Carlson RIP.