City News Service
Sunny weather and high temperatures, including a suddenly-warm ocean, led to a busy day for San Diego area lifeguards Saturday.
Lifeguards from San Diego beaches reported large numbers of people in need of assistance due to rip currents.
Between 30 and 40 people had been rescued by late afternoon, said San Diego Lifeguard Nick Lerma, and most did not require any further medical attention.
One 56-year-old beachgoer was taken to an area hospital to be treated for an unknown medical condition.
Extra lifeguards were on duty today because a rise in water temperature, from 58 to 63 degrees, led to more people in the ocean as well as on the shore and boardwalks, said Lerma. Rescue boats were used as well.
Del Mar Lifeguards were also busy with an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people at the beach.
About a dozen people had been rescued, said Del Mar City Lifeguard Mark Rathsam, more than usual because of the weather and the crowds.
Lifeguards in Solana Beach said that even though the beach was crowded no one was in need of rescue.