Thousands gathered in Newport Beach on Sunday morning to honor lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died last week while attempting to rescue a struggling swimmer.
Carlson, 32, jumped into the water from a rescue boat that had responded to save the swimmer who was struggling in 6- to 8-foot waves off the Balboa Peninsula last Sunday. Both men were hit by a large wave in the midst of the rescue attempt.
A second ceremony is planned for Sunday evening at 6:30, on the beach at Orange Street in Newport Beach. There will be parking for attendees at the Hoag Hospital campus, with a shuttle service carrying people to the beach.
People with special needs may contact Newport Beach Fire Department at (949) 644-3106 to arrange for parking accommodations. Attendees are asked to wear casual or Hawaiian-themed attire.