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Lifeguard class rescues drowning surfer

Man washes up in front of 17 guards

A class of 17 lifeguards rescued a drowning surfer in New Zealand early this week, interrupting their training exercises and jumping into action when they noticed James Tuhikarama floating near shore during a surf competition. The guards, 14 students and 3 instructors, were conducting drills at Christchurch's New Brighton Beach when they saw Tuhikarama, a 25-year veteran of the North Wai Boardriders, unconscious in the water. "We raced down to the water and performed everything we'd just been talking about," said head lifeguard Hira Edmonds. They team briefly revived Tuhikarama, getting "a whole lot of salt water out of his lungs," according to competition judge Russell Ritchie, before he was rushed to the hospital. Tuhikarama remained in critical condition as of midweek.

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