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On His Breaks, Lifeguard Wins Big-Wave Competition

Luke Shepardson takes title at Eddie Aikau Invitational, then returns to tower

(Newser) - Other people might call or text friends when they're on a work break, or grab a coffee, or find something to eat. Luke Shepardson managed to win the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational while on duty Sunday as a Honolulu lifeguard, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. His supervisor allowed...

Nationwide Lifeguard Shortage Prompts Closures and Delays

Up to half of the nation's pools could be affected by the labor shortage

(Newser) - Just in time for summer, there’s a nationwide shortage of lifeguards. The problem could affect up to half of America’s roughly 300,000 public swimming pools, not to mention beaches, per CNN, citing estimates from the American Lifeguard Association. Across the country, would-be swimmers are already finding delayed...

Jersey Shore Lifeguard Killed by Lightning Strike

Seven others were injured

(Newser) - A young lifeguard was killed and seven other people, including four other lifeguards, were injured when lightning struck a Jersey Shore beach Monday afternoon, authorities tell the AP . It marked the second death of a young lifeguard at the Jersey Shore in a little over a week. The New York ...

Lifeguard, 17, Stabbed After Warning Group of Drinkers

3 suspects charged after Fourth of July stabbing in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A teenage lifeguard in Massachusetts who asked a group of people to stop smoking and drinking was beaten with a stick and stabbed, police say. The 17-year-old lifeguard at Bell Pond in Worcester had told the group of males they would have to leave if they didn't stop, Fox...

Lifeguard Earnings Here May Have You Practicing Your Strokes

Highest-paid lifeguards in LA County earned almost 400K in 2019—more than top-earning NY cops

(Newser) - It pays well to be a lifeguard in Los Angeles County. According to Forbes , seven lifeguards made more than $300,000 in 2019, which was the most recent year for which data was available, while 82 lifeguards made more than $200,000. Thirty-one lifeguards made more than $50,000 in...

Baptist Revival Infects 40 People—With a Twist

And 24 lifeguards have tested positive after going out to parties

(Newser) - A Baptist revival in Alabama has infected more than 40 people with the coronavirus—a flare-up apparently caused by someone who exhibited no symptoms, reports. "The whole church has got it, just about," says pastor Daryl Ross, who adds that two cases were serious: "One...

Belligerent Surfer Fined $1K for Ignoring Virus Closure

Many beaches in California are closed due to COVID-19

(Newser) - Much of California's coastline is closed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but on Saturday morning, a surfer who apparently really needed his fix was fined $1,000 for ignoring the rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. A Los Angeles County lifeguard at Manhattan Beach ordered the man to stay out...

Your Image of Lifeguards Probably Needs to Change

Older Americans are showing up in place of busy teens

(Newser) - The iconic teenage summer job is being nabbed by grandparents. Older adults and retirees are increasingly climbing up the lifeguard chair, with fewer high schoolers and college students seeking jobs, reports the Washington Post , telling the story of a 70-year-old Texas woman who went from making just over $10 an...

America's Best Summer Job? Nudist Campground's Lifeguard

Winning candidate doesn't need to don a swimsuit

(Newser) - A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing. The Providence Journal reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds' help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have "excellent communication skills" and the ability to "work as part of...

Cops: Lifeguard Raped at Pool
Cops: Lifeguard Raped at Pool

Cops: Lifeguard Raped at Pool

24-year-old woman reports attack in Alexandria, Virginia

(Newser) - Police in Alexandria, Virginia, are looking for a man who raped a 24-year-old lifeguard on duty at a swimming pool, reports WUSA9 . The 24-year-old woman told police that nobody was using the pool at a condominium complex when the man approached her with a gun about 2pm Saturday and assaulted...

Swim Team Captain Drowns During Lifeguard Tryouts

Coach says star swimmer's death is 'unfathomable'

(Newser) - Jack Jakubek was one of the last people anybody would ever expect to drown: The 22-year-old had been captain of the swim team in high school and at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he set records in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, KTLA reports. But during...

22 Teens Pulled From Rough San Diego Waters

Conditions were not good, swim team went in anyway

(Newser) - A swim team's trip to San Diego went horribly wrong Tuesday, and lifeguards ended up having to rescue almost two dozen high school students from the water at La Jolla Cove, NBC San Diego reports. The teenagers were in San Diego to compete in a long-distance swim, and 64...

Lifeguard Didn't Know He Was Saving Heir to Throne

Nick Malcolm rescued Denmark's Prince Christian, 10, from perilous Aussie riptide

(Newser) - A lifeguard on Australia's Gold Coast saved a 10-year-old boy from rough waters Thursday, except it wasn't just any 10-year-old boy: It was Denmark's Prince Christian, on vacation with his family, 7 News Australia reports. The young heir to the throne was caught in a riptide at...

'Utter Tragedy': Swimmer Survives, Lifeguard Dies

Ben Carlson, 32, is first Newport Beach lifeguard to die in line of duty

(Newser) - A veteran California lifeguard who spent nearly half his life saving swimmers in Newport Beach died yesterday during a rescue attempt. Ben Carlson, 32, who KTLA reports had been a local lifeguard for 15 years, dove into tumultuous 10-foot waves around 5pm to help a man in distress. Carlson reached...

Man on Honeymoon Killed by Shark

Surfer attacked on Reunion island

(Newser) - A French man was killed by a shark while on his honeymoon on Reunion island, AFP reports. The 36-year-old was surfing at the popular Brisants de Saint-Gilles beach at the French Indian Ocean island when the shark attacked him twice, biting his arm and thigh. A swimmer who saw blood...

Fired Hero Lifeguard Rejects Rehiring Offer

Tomas Lopez will stick to studies for now

(Newser) - The lifeguard sacked for saving a life outside his assigned area has been offered his job back—but he's not interested. Tomas Lopez, 21, "humbly declined" the offer, though he noted that "the company offered a real good apology." Lopez, a Broward College student, plans to...

Lifeguard Fired for Saving Drowning Man

6 others fired for saying they'd do the same

(Newser) - Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez got fired this week for helping save a man whose life he wasn't being paid to guard. After being alerted to a man struggling in the water, the 21-year-old lifeguard ran out of his patrol zone to help the man. He helped other beachgoers pull...

Lifeguard, 61, Fired After Rejecting Speedo

He calls it age discrimination

(Newser) - It’s a swim suit: A 61-year-old lifeguard is taking New York state to court over his bathing trunks. Roy Lester says he was fired for refusing to don a Speedo for a yearly swim test, the New York Daily News reports. He preferred to wear a less revealing bathing...

Newport Beach Lifeguards Rake in ... $200K a Year

California lifeguards reimbursed $400 annually for sunscreen expenses, too!

(Newser) - Life is good for the full-time lifeguard staff at California's Newport Beach, or at least it was, until someone caught a glimpse of their paychecks. Since a newspaper editorialized about salaries, benefits, and overtime pay that in at least two instances top $200,000 (with $400 for sun protection),...

Sharks Kill Kite-Surfer in Florida

Victim was in cardiac arrest when lifeguard brought him to shore

(Newser) - A kite-surfer died yesterday after being bitten by sharks in the waters off a southern Florida beach. A lifeguard swam out to find Stephen Schafer, 38, bleeding profusely from multiple wounds with a group of sharks in the area. The guard got him to shore, but he died at a...

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