VIA – 10 NEWS SAN DIEGO
Dozens Rescued From Strong Rip Current
Incident Happened Off La Jolla Shores; Lifeguards Rescue About 100 Swimmers
POSTED: 6:58 pm PDT July 28, 2011
UPDATED: 1:03 pm PDT July 29, 2011
SAN DIEGO — An unusually powerful rip current pulled about 100 swimmers from the surf off La Jolla Shores Thursday afternoon and into deeper ocean swells, where more than two dozen of them wound up treading water and stranded, until a contingent of lifeguards came to their rescue.
The large-scale beach emergency occurred about 2:45 p.m., when three typical-sized outward-flowing channels of water merged into a single big one, creating a hazardous and “pretty unusual dynamic,” said San Diego lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma.
The combined current took hold of everyone in the water off a roughly 100-yard stretch of shoreline, though all but 26 of them eventually were able to make their way back to land on their own, Lerma said.
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