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Hundreds paddle out to honor drowned lifeguard

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:47 p.m. HST, Jul 13, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. >> 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 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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inHilo wrote:
Wonder if this happened at "The Wedge"? That spot has a wicked peak in shallow water (like Sandy Beach) that has cracked a back or two. At the south end of Newport Beach. Wish the report was specific.
on July 13,2014 | 02:58PM
false wrote:
It was by the Newport Beach pier in large sets. Freak accident.
on July 13,2014 | 06:12PM
false wrote:
Sad sacrifice. How special he was to give so much.
on July 13,2014 | 06:21PM
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