Attendance at Los Angeles County beaches this year hit a new high, along with the number of ocean rescues, county lifeguard officials said Friday.
Big crowds at the beach have created more work for lifeguards this summer, increasing the amount of overtime pay and putting a dent in the Los Angeles County Fire Department budget.
The incident occurred near the 2100 block of South Ocean Front Walk.
The boat was about 1000 yards off shore, near Paradise Cove, when the boat reported being in distress.
KCAL9’s Kevin Takumi reports Los Angeles County lifeguards swam the group out to a boat after they were unable to return to a safe path as the tide came in.
Lifeguards are warning Southland beachgoers about the potential for dangerous rip currents during the holiday weekend.
Lifeguards conducted dozens of rescues between Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.
“The waves came roaring in here like a freight train,” said Austin McCann.
Lifeguards are warning Southland beachgoers about the dangers of stingrays.
For the first time in five years, lifeguards from across the country are in Manhattan Beach for the four-day National Lifeguard Championships.
In addition to “Surf’s up!” the thing you most often will hear at Huntington Beach these days is “Watch your step!” and “Owwww!”
Two lifeguards and a female climber needed rescue Sunday when all got stranded at Pirates Cove, according to Los Angeles County Fire officlals.
The El Monte City Council recommended Tuesday that 14 lifeguards should get their jobs back after they were fired for filming a spoof of the Korean pop music video, “Gangnam Style.”
A high surf advisory is still in effect Saturday.
A collision between a boat and a sea-doo water craft Saturday afternoon has left three people dead and four injured, according to authorities.