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Eddie Mendez, a member of a surf rescue team in Long Beach, looks over the surf Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Long Beach, Wash. Mendez helped rescue a 12-year-old boy who was caught in a riptide north of Long Beach last Friday. Dale Ostrander was under water for up to 20 minutes, and is now hospitalized and conscious.

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