MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Strong currents and rip tides along Southern California kept lifeguards busy over the weekend as record numbers of beach-goers took to the coast to escape the intense heat.
Los Angeles-area beaches saw unprecedented numbers for October as the heatwave continues, but the conditions also presented some of the biggest waves on recent record.READ MORE: Border Patrol: SUVs Loaded With Migrants Came Through Hole In Border Fence, Believed To Part Of Smuggling Operation
Lifeguards, who made 413 rescues on Saturday alone, say waves were reaching 8-10-foot faces, which created troublesome undertows and rip currents.
“I was out there with my fins, and once you get past the crest of that wave, the rip tides just pull you out really quick,” one beach-goer said.READ MORE: Manhattan Beach Police Officer Charged With Sending Sexually Explicit Messages To Teenage Girl
The temperatures reached 90 degrees along the coast, heating the water as high as 73 degrees, resulting in large numbers of people hoping to get some swimming in over the weekend.
“In my 30 years of lifeguarding, this is the busiest weekend I’ve ever had in my career in October, for sure,” LA County Fire Capt. Jim Arnold said.MORE NEWS: Dolly Parton Gets 'A Dose Of Her Own Medicine'; Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
Lifeguards want to remind beach-goers who want to enjoy the coast during the holiday to do so in front of a lifeguard tower.