Becoming an open-water lifeguard in Los Angeles requires extraordinary physical fitness and an ability to withstand the most daring environment for a rescuer.
The suspect and lifeguards appeared to be hundreds of feet off shore.
The August-like weather sent crowds to the Southland’s beaches on Saturday, creating traffic jams and extra work for lifeguards, whose staffing remains at winter levels.
On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at the beach it was hard to remember that less than a week ago Southland residents were huddled under umbrellas and wearing jackets to stay warm and dry.
Authorities said two Good Samaritans also sprang into action to save the man.
Los Angeles County Fire officials Monday confirmed tire tracks found near an injured man on the beach in Santa Monica were not made by one of their vehicles.
Dangerous rip currents were a concern for officials Wednesday as many people were flocking to the beach to avoid the record heat.
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.