Lifeguards Busy with Memorial Weekend Rescues

Weekend saw over 460,000 beachgoers

By Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, May 28, 2012  |  Updated 6:40 PM PDT
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Though summer has yet to officially begin, lifeguards are already keeping busy with a rush of beachgoers.

About 223,000 people visited San Diego's beaches on Memorial Day alone, according to Lt. Andy Lerum with the San Diego Lifeguards.

Though the number was expected to be over 250,000, Lerum said attendance this year was much higher than last year, mostly due to the sunny weather.

On Saturday, nearly 100,000 people visited the beaches, despite the cooler temperatures. Sunday saw about 130,000 visitors.

With the crowds come the rescues, though. Between Saturday and Sunday, lifeguards rescued about 40 people.

On Monday, lifeguards rescued about 100 people from the water, and provided medical aid to more than 70 people. Lifeguards also helped in about 1,800 preventative acts, according to Lt. Greg Buchanan with the San Diego Lifeguard Service.

Overall, more than 460,000 people went to the beach over the three day weekend. Lifeguards rescued about 138 swimmers total, Buchanan said.

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