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Line of Duty Death of Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson
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DATE: July 7, 2014
CONTACT: Tom Gill – 757-580-7391

The United States Lifesaving Association (www.usla.org) has been informed of the tragic loss of Ben Carlson, a veteran Newport Beach, California lifeguard who died on a rescue in 10 – 12 foot seas, July 6, 2014.

The United States Lifesaving Association joins lifeguards, first responders and the Newport Beach, California community today in mourning the death of Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson. Our deepest condolences go to his family and his lifesaving brothers and sisters of the Newport Beach Fire Department.

Lifeguards across the United States were responsible for performing thousands of rescues from drowning during the 4th of July Weekend and make over 50,000 rescues each year (www.usla.org/statistics). Ben’s selfless commitment to a profession where one person races into the ocean to save another shall never be forgotten. Our members stand together today with heavy hearts but renewed purpose in honor of Ben’s sacrifice.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning deaths (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. More than half of fatal and nonfatal drowning deaths among those 15 years and older occurred in natural water settings.

The United States Lifesaving Association encourages everyone to swim near a lifeguard. Additional safety tips can be found at: www.usla.org/safetytips.

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