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Lifeguards rescue 52 people at San Diego beaches

Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 21:48:52-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS and KGTV) - Lifeguards rescued 52 people from the water this weekend at beaches from Ocean Beach to Black's Beach, officials said today.

There were an estimated 120,952 beachgoers along the coast on Saturday, according to San Diego Lifeguard Services Sgt. Charles Knight.

Lifeguards provided medical aid to 30 people, Knight said, and performed 1,798 preventive acts, which includes separating swimmers from surfers, citing beachgoers for alcohol violations, and steering swimmers away from rip currents.

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The rescues come as tropical depression Ivo swirls off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. According to the National Weather Service, the storm is blamed for elevated surf and strong rip currents.

The service said Sunday the greatest impacts would be felt along the south-facing beaches of Orange County. Elevated surf was also expected in far northern San Diego County.