NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Two years after a Newport Beach, California lifeguard died while rescuing a swimmer in strong waves, a statue is being unveiled to honor his heroic sacrifice.
Lifeguard Ben Carlson died on July 6, 2014 after heading out to help a swimmer who had been overcome by a big wave. The swimmer was saved after Carlson handed him his buoy, but the 15-year veteran lifeguard was overcome in the turbulent waters.
Now a statue, designed by Carlson's brother-in-law, is being unveiled to honor him.
"It is truly an honor," said Teri Carlson, the lifeguard's mother. "We are so grateful. The community has been more than amazing."
The 9-feet tall, stainless steel statue is to be unveiled Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach pier.