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La Jolla Cove Swim Club president saves man in distress from 'The Hole'

La Jolla Cove Swim Club president saves man in distress from 'The Hole'

La Jolla Cove Swim Club president Dan Simonelli put his life at risk to save a man from choppy waters at La Jolla Cove during a rescue just before 7 a.m. (before lifeguards reported for the day) Thursday, Jan. 10.

Video taken by a beach-goer and posted to the Lifeguards of San Diego Facebook page shows Simonelli performing the daring rescue. The minute-long video has 5,800 views.

The post reads: “At 6:58, local Cove swimmer (Dan Simonelli) recognized a person in distress in the large surf at The Cove, where all the water energy pushes into an area referred to as ‘The Hole.’ Dan has a reputation with Cove lifeguard staff as being an extremely calm and strong ocean swimmer....

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