Newport Beach lifeguards saved my 13 year old son and my nephew yesterday

My 13 year old son and 13 year old nephew almost died yesterday while swimming in Newport Beach.  My wife warned them about the riptides, but I was out of town on business, so I was not there to keep an eye on them. They went to the beach with my brother in law’s family.

They weren’t in deep water when all over a sudden a huge wave carried them out into deep water.  Luckily the lifeguards were on the job.  My brother in law tried to swim out but couldn’t – and the lifeguards took over.

By the time the lifeguards got to my nephew he was a speck in the water, according to my sister in law.  They hauled him and my boy to safety.

Monte Valentin, 50,wasn’t so lucky.  He was slammed into the rocks at the Wedge by strong current and massive waves, and he later died, according to the O.C. Register.

“He had been body surfing near the Wedge when a set of waves up to 20 feet high came rolling through, throwing the surfer into the rocks, Schulz said.”

H/T to the OC Weekly for finding the video I included above, which shows the tide conditions in Newport yesterday.

THANK YOU to the lifeguards who saved my son and my nephew!  God bless you guys for doing a great job and risking your necks every day.

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