A Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguard died during a swimming exercise Thursday morning, the first on-duty department death in recent memory.
Brian K. Kutil, 42, began struggling during the lifeguardsâ€™ annual 500-meter swim recertification exercise at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and was pulled from the water about 7 a.m., said Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter.
About 25 lifeguards were swimming with Kutil and they unsuccessfully tried to revive him outside of the pool, Linkletter said. Kutil was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
â€œHe was a 20-year veteran, an oustanding lifeguard,â€ Linkletter said. â€œHeâ€™s going to be sorely missed.â€
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