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LBFD Firefighter-Paramedic / LA County Lifeguard reunites with former near-drowning victim

By Will Nash | August 20, 2013

Over ten years ago, a day of surfing almost turned tragic for young Keita Countee.  While surfing with friends at Hermosa Beach, a large wave set caught Keita off guard, knocking him unconscious.    Long Beach Firefighter-Paramedic and LA County Lifeguard Kristoph Wattson was on beach tower duty that day.  While scanning the surf, Kristoph's watchful eye saw trouble in the water.  Jumping into action, Kristoph pulled Keita from the water and started CPR as additional help was summoned.  His quick and skillful actions brought positive results and a "second chance" at life. After a decade apart, both men have grown, started families of their own, and were recently reunited. See the video:

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