Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after Oregon rescue

PORTLAND — A lifeguard from Vancouver who rescued a 12-year-old in the surf at Rockaway Beach near Tillamook was billed nearly $2,600.

John Clark, 17, is a lifeguard this summer at a community center in Vancouver, but he was at the Oregon beach last month when he heard screams for help. He dived through breakers and heavy swells to keep the boy afloat until personal watercraft arrived and pulled them to shore.

KOIN reports Clark had a headache so he went with the boy in an ambulance to Tillamook General Hospital.

Clark thought it was standard procedure until several weeks later when the bill arrived: about $450 for the emergency room, $230 for the doctor bill and $1,900 for the 15-mile ambulance ride.

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