HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida lifeguard who saved a drowning man has been fired for leaving the section of the beach his company is paid to patrol.
The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Tomas Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section of Hallandale Beach in jeopardy. Supervisor Susan Ellis tells the Sun Sentinel that the company has "liability issues" and lifeguards can't leave their designated areas.
A beachgoer rushed to Lopez's stand Monday afternoon asking for help. Lopez said he saw a man struggling in the water south of his post and ran to his aid.
City officials say the man had been swimming along an unprotected stretch of beach.
Lopez says he ran to do the job he was trained to do.