Southland Lifeguards On High Alert As Many Flock To The Beach To Beat The Heat

VENICE (CBSLA.com) — Dangerous rip currents were a concern for officials Wednesday as many people were flocking to the beach to avoid the record heat.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory to warn beachgoers of the strong rip and longshore currents in Orange County as well as high surf along southwest faces beaches.

On Wednesday morning, two separate men had to be rescued from the same rip current at Venice beach.

“Beach lifeguards from the LA County Fire Department observed two victims struggling in a rip current,” LA County lifeguard chief Steve Moseley said. “Both victims were successfully removed from the rip current.”

The German visitor came back to the beach to thank his rescuers.

“Two or three waves, big waves came and take me out. I think it were my last day,” the swimmer said.

Dozens of other swimmers had to be rescued along the coast Wednesday. A record 187 rescues were made the day prior, 88 of which were in Venice.

RELATED STORY: Visitors, Rescues Up This Year At LA County Beaches

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