High Surf Prompts Beach Rescues

Lifeguards reported more than 100 rescues across southern California beaches

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Sep 2, 2012  |  Updated 2:04 PM PDT
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Natasha Stenbock's Forecast for 9-1-12

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There is a high surf advisory along Southern California beaches throughout Labor Day weekend.

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The high surf along Southern California beaches has put lifeguards on high alert over Labor Day weekend.

On Saturday, surfers at Newport Beach reported seeing waves as big as 15-feet. The remnants of Hurricane Ileana created high swells and strong currents.

Lifeguards reported more than 100 rescues at beaches across the coast Saturday.

Authorities said a local lifeguard performing a rescue was injured near La Jolla Cove Saturday after he was slammed against some rocks.

The high surf advisory is in effect through Monday evening, along with a high risk of  rip currents. Waves could be anywhere from five to eight feet, NBC 7's Natasha Stenbock confirmed.

"It's the south -facing beaches, that's where you're going to see the biggest sets [of waves] coming through," said Stenbock.

On Sunday morning San Diego lifeguards and Harbor Police were called to Windansea Beach in La Jolla to rescue a group of people aboard a boat.

According to lifeguards, the small vessel had taken on water and at least two occupants had gone overboard. By 11 a.m., lifeguards confirmed everyone on the boat had been safely rescued.
 

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