A Los Angeles County lifeguard tower. Photo by John Schreiber.
A Los Angeles County lifeguard tower. Photo by John Schreiber.

Los Angles County lifeguards made 1,949 rescues in the 11-day period that ended Sunday, according to figures released Monday.

One of two swimmers in distress at Gorge 3 at Inspiration Point — an area in Rancho Palos Verdes where no lifeguards are stationed — died in the surf on Thursday. The other swimmer was successfully rescued.

State lifeguards at Leo Carrillo Beach asked for help from county lifeguards in pulling an unconscious man out of the ocean on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts by paramedics.

“Due to continued and unprecedented levels of activity, I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is that people swim and surf in front of an open and staffed lifeguard tower at all times,” said Chief Lifeguard Steve Moseley.

It is best to check with a lifeguard for the latest in ocean and beach conditions. Swim, surf and body board with a partner, and don’t go in the water at night and most certainly don’t jump of cliffs into the ocean, a way a number of drownings have occurred in the past.

Lifeguards also said swimmers should avoid dangerous rip currents, characterized by churning choppy water and a break in the incoming wave pattern. These currents can carry even the most powerful swimmers out to sea.

Lifeguards also responded to 1,457 medical calls, rescued 22 vessels in distress, and resuscitated 33 people during the 11-day period.

City News Service

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