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Lifeguards Bring Man Back to Life After Being Pulled from Surf in Cardiac Arrest

The 65-year-old Imperial Beach man was found by lifeguards in cardiac arrest. Quick work by lifeguards brought him back to life.

Lifeguards watch swimmers near the Imperial Beach Pier at the 2010 U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Photo credit: Khari Johnson
Lifeguards watch swimmers near the Imperial Beach Pier at the 2010 U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Photo credit: Khari Johnson
Imperial Beach lifeguards will receive commendations from grateful members of the Imperial Beach City Council Wednesday for bringing a man back to life who was pulled from the surf with no pulse this weekend, according to the city.

Swimmers noticed the man on a Boogie Board in distress Saturday afternoon. By the time lifeguards arrived the 65-year-old Imperial Beach man was found unconscious in the surf with no pulse.

"Lifeguards started CPR immediately and applied an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED). The AED administered one shock and as a result, a pulse was regained and the man began spontaneously breathing," the city said in a press release Monday.

The man was then transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista.

"The quick and decisive actions of the local surfers and lifeguards without a doubt saved this man’s life,” said Public Safety Department Director and Imperial Beach Fire Department Chief Tom Clark.

Clark credits Sgt. Jason Lindquist and lifeguards Art Ayala, Hans Kohler and Brittany Hansen for leading the rescue effort.

Awards will be given to lifeguards at 6 p.m. Wednesday at a city council meeting at City Hall.
iblindalou December 03, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Proud of our Lifeguards! Great job!
Shirley Nakawatase December 03, 2013 at 09:12 AM
We have some of the best folks protecting our shores. Way to go Lifeguards and Public Safety!
Robin Clegg December 03, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Job well done!
G Travalini December 03, 2013 at 10:03 AM
What about about the names and awards to the two surfers that dragged him out of the water when he was just laying on his surfboard gurgling. They should get awards too
Robin Clegg December 03, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Maybe they are being recognized but if not they should be!
Paula Winchester December 03, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Wonderful! You are all doing a GREAT job and your community is very proud of you!!
Hazel F. Bailey December 03, 2013 at 12:49 PM
IB Lifeguards are the best!! Proud of the work you do for us. Thank you!
Serge Dedina December 03, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Thanks IBLG's! Great work!
Gary Trieschman December 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Awesome all involved!
Andy Arciga December 03, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Nice work, Guards. Not at all surprising,though.
Brian December 03, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The man was my dad. Thank you from all of our family! He is loved by many, his sons, wife, and grand kids all thank you so much. He is home and recovering.
Patty Smith December 04, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Great job!
Paula Winchester December 04, 2013 at 09:26 AM
God bless your dad Brian, I hope he makes a full recovery.
Stan Searfus December 04, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Nice work lifeguards!

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