Bend teacher rescues 4 from Newport rip current

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 1:02 PM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A high school teacher and coach from Bend helped four teenage swimmers who were being carried away by a rip current on a beach near Newport.

The Newport Fire Department says it was called Saturday to Beverly Beach for a water rescue but everyone was out of the water when they arrived.

KTVZ reports (http://bit.ly/1a7aSTt ) Nathan Neil was reluctant to talk about what he did or call it heroic, but the station confirmed he took a bodyboard and plunged into the surf twice. Each time he helped two struggling swimmers who were swept more than 50 yards from shore.

The 35-year-old Neil teaches social studies and coaches football and wrestling at Summit High School.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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