A city lifeguard Ben Carlson, 32, drowned Sunday while attempting to rescue a swimmer in the waters off Newport Beach. This tragic incident happened shortly after 5 p.m., when a rescue boat identified a swimmer in distress near 16th street, and after Carlson entered the water and reached the man, both were struck by a large wave. Other lifeguards at the scene attempted to assist Carlson, but were unable to immediately find him “because of the turbulent water, and up to 10- to 12-foot surf.”
And one week later, Thousands of people showed up for a memorial paddle out and “Celebration of Life” for him.
Sunday’s paddle out began at 9 a.m., and thousands of people showed up at the beach for the tribute. Many onlookers stood on the pier and on the beach to watch as the paddle boarders swam out to sea.
1. Ben Carlson
2. His memorial
3. Many people show up to honor him
4. Paddle out
Rest in peace, Ben.