Ben Carlson Memorial Going Up

Ben Carlson Memorial Going Up

Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Lifeguard Department, Newport Beach, California.

Ben Carlson, the 32-year-old Newport Beach [California] lifeguard, surfer and swimmer who gave his life in trying to rescue others, passed away in July 2014 when a huge set closed out on him.

Carlson’s life and legacy were remembered in a paddle out in Newport Beach that attracted more than 2,500 people in the water and another estimated 5,000 people on land. “He would be the one in the water after someone in trouble,” recalls Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster. “He saw that swimmer in trouble. [He had] no reservations, fins on, and [safety] buoy over his shoulder.”

In addition to the paddle-out, Carlson will be remembered in a number of ways.

In March 2015, the lifeguard headquarters will be re-dedicated in Carlson’s name. Additionally, a scholarship has been created to raise funds for student lifeguards and to support organizations that aid underprivileged children. And a nearly 3-meter bronze statue of Carlson will be erected in July 2015 at the Balboa Pier about a mile where he drowned.

Source: Orange County Register.

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