Heavy rip currents hit San Diego beaches

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SAN DIEGO -- Strong rip currents, above average surf and coastal flooding could be possible again Wednesday along the San Diego County coastline as a swell resulting from Hurricane Marie peaks, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement for the county's coastal areas is set to remain in effect through late Thursday night.   

"The swell will produce large surf, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents through Thursday," according to the weather service statement. "Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion are possible as well."

This comes after a surfer who was found floating in the water unconscious Tuesday morning in Malibu later died at a hospital. The unidentified man appeared to be in his 50s. Six- to eight-foot waves were reported at Malibu Tuesday.

Surf of 8 to 10 feet with occasional sets that could reach up to 15 feet are expected to hit the beaches of northern Orange County Wednesday, but forecasters said the surf along San Diego County beaches would likely stay under 7 feet.

Forecasters said 4- to 6-foot surf is expected Wednesday with the highest surf at beaches north of Oceanside. However, the rip currents and longshore currents expected at local beaches could be particularly strong, according to the statement.

The currents could result in dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, according to the weather service. Beachgoers were advised to obey posted warning signs, use caution in and around the water and to swim near a lifeguard.

Frank Ferrara skipped work, so he wouldn't miss the bigger barrels.

"It's OK, it's worth the trade-off," Ferrara said.

He wasn't the only one playing hooky. Tanner Platts hit the water with two of his buddies, and he wasn't afraid to admit he was missing college courses.

Platts said his professor will understand, and he told 10News, "She's a Californian … Sometimes you've just got to go to the beach and be there and just chill out."

Chilling out was tough with the rip currents.

"You basically get in and like within a half hour you're either down [by the jetty], or you're just in," Platts explained.

The swell is expected to fade later Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS statement said.

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