No shark sightings but several rescues in La Jolla waters over holiday weekend

There were no great white shark sightings but numerous rescues in La Jolla area waters over the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend, reported San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan.

“Saturday and Sunday there was still a lot of surf hanging around and we made a total of 23 rescues just in La Jolla at the Shores, the Cove, Marine Street and WindanSea,” Buchanan said this morning. “They were mostly caused by large surf and rip currents, which pretty much dissipated yesterday. Of those, there were no standout rescues, and they were all without any medical issues.”

Buchanan said unanticipated overcast and drizzly weather on Labor Day greatly reduced the number of beachgoers that would have been there along the coast had the weather been nicer.

“We knew a tropical disturbance was going to influence the weather, but the National Weather Service said it wasn’t going to be that impactful,” he said. “We ended up having 50,000 people yesterday all along the San Diego coastline and we would have had more than 150,000 normally.”