Lifeguards Sink Kayaking at La Jolla Shores

Lifeguards reinforce La Jolla Shores as a swim-only area

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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Lifeguards Sink Kayaking at La Jolla Shores

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Kayakers are not allowed in La Jolla Shores.

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A stricter swim-only policy has been enforced at La Jolla Shores after a swimmer was struck in the face by a kayak and suffered moderate injuries. 

Lt. John Greenhouse with San Diego Lifeguards confirms that there is no "ban" on kayaks, but a long-standing city policy prohibits vessels such as kayaks in swim zones.  Until now this policy hasn't been strictly enforced.  The woman who was injured lost a row of teeth in the incident, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

The area between Avenida de la Playa to Roseland Drive in the La Jolla Shores area is a designated swim-only area. Greenhouse said the high tide is too dangerous in that area.  Lifeguards are putting up signs to remind people they shouldn't kayak there, due to the high tides and being so far from lifeguard towers. Kayakers will be warned first by lifeguards and if they're caught again, further action will be taken.

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