In Rockaway Beach, Washington, 17-year-old lifeguard John Clark, was charged nearly $2,700, after saving the life of a 12-year-old boy, about a month ago.
Clark heard cries of help from the boy, who was being pulled out to sea. So Clark dove in the ocean and rescued the drowning youngster, reports KOIN-TV.
Clark told KOIN-TV: "I don't know exactly how big the swells were,but they were big enough to push both of us underwater, all the way down to where we were touching sand."
After they emerged form the ocean, both of them were taken to Tillamook General Hospital, which is apparently standard procedure after a rescue.
Tillamook General Hospital billed Clark $449 for the emergency bill, $227 for the doctor and $2,007 for a 15-mile ambulance ride.
Clark said: "I had a feeling there would be a bill. But I didn't know how much it would be, and I kind of feel bad for the fact that it's so expensive. But I couldn't just let the kid go, I had to do something."