Lifeguards rescue kayakers off La Jolla

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City News Service

Lifeguards came to the rescue Friday of three kayakers who got pushed by stiff breezes more than a mile off the coast of La Jolla Shores and could not make it back to land on their own.

San Diego lifeguards scanning the swells off the beach south of Scripps Institution of Oceanography about 11 a.m. realized that the two men and one woman in their 20s, who were aboard a pair of kayaks, were in distress, lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said.

Three guards took a rescue boat and a personal watercraft to the kayakers' location — a mile and a half to two miles offshore — and put them aboard the larger vessel along with the paddleboats, Everhart said.

The kayakers, who were uninjured, were back on dry land by shortly after 11:30 a.m., the lieutenant said.

Ocean conditions, including high winds, are expected to only get worse over the afternoon as a rain storm moves into the region.

"It's not an afternoon to be going out on a small boat," Everhart said.

   
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