MALIBU (CBSLA) – A paddleboarder was arrested Thursday afternoon near the Malibu Pier for ignoring orders from lifeguards to get out of the water.

A paddleboarder near the Malibu Pier is confronted by LASD Harbor Patrol deputies. April 2, 2020. (LASD)

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified man spent 30 to 40 minutes paddling in the ocean waters off Malibu Beach after refusing to heed orders from L.A. County lifeguards to go ashore.

Finally, LASD Harbor Patrol brought in a boat, at which point the paddleboarder voluntarily swam in and was taken into custody.

He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disobeying a lifeguard. He was booked and released from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station with orders to appear in court. It’s unclear what kind of fine he faces.

Video posted to Instagram shows the man paddling away from authorities as they gave chase.

Nearly all beaches along the Southern California coast have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 25, Malibu closed its famous pier and all the restaurants that sit along it. Since March 27, all L.A. County-owned beaches have been closed, including beach bathrooms, piers, promenades, and beach bike paths. The Santa Monica Pier has been shuttered since mid-March.

All parking lots at state beaches and parks – including nine in L.A. County – have been closed.

Kim Prather, a leading atmospheric chemist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said the beaches are so dangerous right now that she wouldn’t even go in the water for $1 million.

“The ocean churns up all kinds of particulate and microscopic pathogens, and every time the ocean sneezes with a big wave or two, it sprays these particles into the air,” Prather said in a statement.

Comments (32)
  1. Juan says:

    What a bunch of BS. THE WATER is coughing up pathogens? Was it doing it the same time last year? Were the beaches closed? What a hoax

  2. joesurf says:

    I’ve been surfing for 45 years. Surfed in all kinds of pollution and runoff all over the world and never gotten sick from it. This “scientist” Prather is crying wolf, and the public will stop believing scientists as a result. The ocean is not the problem. The problem is people. stay far away from people. The ocean will take care of itself.

  3. Really? says:

    Another paddleboarder without a life jacket on or on his board. Even w/o the COVID issue, I really don’t want my tax dollars to go to bailing out stupid.

    1. Seawolf48 says:

      Not illegal to ride SUP in the surf without a life jacket. it is illegal to rent an SUP without a life jacket.

  4. Jim Russell says:

    Seawolf48.
    It is socially irresponsible for a scientist to claim the water is coughing up pathogens. Talk about fear mongering. There are still beaches open to surf, but not in LA County

  5. stopcommunism says:

    the lifeguard nazi and arresting officers will all be investigated after flu season, same with newsom and garcetti

  6. Gavin Newsomer says:

    selling fear – the whole article and incident are stupid. You must have struggled to find a scientist who would spout the fear of the ocean garbage.

  7. CommonSense101 says:

    How much longer are we going to put up with a Governor who’s an idiot? This is a CA thing, not a federal thing.

  8. Honkler says:

    The TripleTrac: Because you’ll believe anything.

  9. RogueProducer says:

    Why doesn’t CBS go to Scripps and put this bozo on the air and get them to re-iterate their ridiculous claim so they can be fired. Lots of competent people would love to work at Scripps, I’m sure.

  10. Dr. O says:

    Hm. This scientist’s statement seems flawed. Negative ions, which are highly prevalent in seashore environments, should be enough to make virus transmission a non-issue:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/srep11431

    If CBS News weren’t owned by one of six MSM corporations, I’d suggest they research this. But since the media is making money fomenting fear, this probably isn’t going to happen.

  11. Jan says:

    ABC and BBC get funding from the Gates (vaccine pushing) Foundation. Does CBS also take money from them or any of their affiliates?

    Ocean seems safe now for surfers. Guess the CoviD virus changed its mind this month and is only attacking people sitting on the beach (not surfers or active people).

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