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La Jolla lifeguards rescue two teens, call off big surf alert

Lifeguards rescued two 16-year-old boys who got into trouble on shore rocks during high surf at Shell Beach between La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, surf reportedly was in the 6- to 10-foot range.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said Thursday that an Alert 1 large-surf warning had been issued the day before due to fears of extremely high surf expected from oncoming storms which never materialized.

“We were prepared for very large surf in the forecast,” he said. “But it was not as big as originally predicted and we’ve backed off of our original plan.”

One of the teens, who’d ingested too much water, was subsequently taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for treatment before being released. His condition had not been life-threatening, said Maurice Luque, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman

“The two were out Boogie-boarding with an adult instructor in high surf for the first time,” he added. “They were getting washed into the rocks and one of them swallowed a lot of water. Lifeguards had to come in and save them as they were being pushed into the rocks.”

An engine company, an ambulance and three lifeguards responded. The first lifeguard arrived at the scene two minutes after receiving the call and two others arrived four minutes later, said Luque.

Lerma said extra lifeguards are brought in when high surf attracts more people and the likelihood of more rescues ensues because of dangerous conditions.

Lerma added lifeguards beef up staff and position them to view troublesome areas during extreme high-surf conditions.

“We tend to get activity in the morning or late hours,” he added.

Lerma added there were no other incidents in La Jolla reported on Wednesday other than teen rock rescue.