Should he get his job back?
Tomas Lopez, 21, was patrolling part of Hallandale Beach north of Miami when he was told that a swimmer was in trouble in an unguarded area of the beach.
“I wasn’t going to say no,” the lifeguard said.
But his bosses said he had broken company rules and could have put other swimmers at risk. At least two colleagues have resigned in protest. “We have liability issues and can’t go out of the protected area,” Susan Ellis of lifeguard provider Jeff Ellis and Associates told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
She added that the stretch of Hallandale Beach that Mr Lopez was supposed to be patrolling on Monday was being protected by other lifeguards who were on the phone to emergency operators at the time.