A Florida lifeguard lost his job because he helped save a drowning man out of his designated area.
The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Tomas Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beach goers in his section in jeopardy.
The lifeguard says he ran to assist a man struggling in the water south of his post.
By the time he arrived, witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water.
Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived.
The victim survived and was hospitalized.
Two other lifeguards have quit in protest.