Hundreds Gather To Honor Lifeguards
Yesterday, members of the community gathered to honor the San Diego City Lifeguards and to remember the 13 victims of the 1918 drowning at Ocean Beach. To honor the lifeguard community, a bronze statue was unveiled in front of the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station. Designed and sculpted by Richard Arnold, the statue (who he says is not modeled after anyone) is to honor all lifeguards who risk their lives everyday for the safety of our community and remembrance of the 13 victims from 1918.
On May 5, 1918 in Ocean Beach, 13 lives were lost. With unusual conditions and rip currents that day, hundreds of beach goers were warmed to stay out of the water. Over 60 lives were saved that day including 5 swimmers saved by Henry Hanson. Unfortunately, Henry didn’t make it and we will forever thank him along with the other Police Lifeguards and brave civilians who saved several lives.
The attendance of the dedication included Mayor Bob Filner, Council members Kevin Faulconer and Lorie Zapf, Lifeguard Lt. Greg “Buc” Buchanan, Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts, legendary surfer and personal friend Jim “Mouse” Robb, along with several other well-respected community members.