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Lifeguards rescue two snorkelers at La Jolla Cove

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-26 12:02:50-05

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV)-- San Diego lifeguards rescued two snorkelers at La Jolla Cove Saturday morning. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory that will last until 6 p.m. Sunday.

With the fog dissipating and the waves crashing, La Jolla Cove was a popular spot for locals, yogis, and tourists.

The combination created a busy day for local lifeguards. Saturday morning, the swells were so large, lifeguards banned diving all day. They warned two people with scuba gear to stay away from the waves.

But around 11 a.m., the same two people had to be rescued from "Million Dollar Point." Lifeguards said the snorkelers got caught in a counterclockwise swell. The next thing they knew, they lost control.

Lifeguards say every time you see a white sea foam strip, beware. Even if the waves look flat, they say, it can creep up on you.

Even veteran body surfers, like Rolph Schottle, know not to mess with the power of Mother Nature.

"When it's a lower tide, it's probably a little safer and cleaner to surf over here," Schottle said.

He usually surfs at Boomer Beach on the other side of the cove. But Saturday, he decided to stay near the shore. He says, when all else fails, listen to the guys who know the water best.

"Talk to the lifeguards first. It's always the best plan. These guys are always watching out for us," Schottle said.

La Jolla Cove lifeguards believe dangerous surf conditions will continue into tomorrow. Diving will remain banned.

Our original story said scuba divers were rescued. This story has been updated to show that snorkelers were rescued.