Members of a Norwegian junior basketball team were rescued by lifeguards Wednesday after becoming trapped in rip currents off Ocean Beach.
Lifeguard Bruce Robinson said that lifeguards noticed people struggling in the water about 12:30 p.m., and, with the help of a rescue board, buoy and fins, three lifeguards were able to help the nine teen-agers to safety.
"We rescued nine people in about two minutes," Robinson said. "We were pretty busy."
All 15 members of the basketball team were in the water at the same time, but six youths were able to return to the shore without assistance, Robinson said. None of the boys required hospitalization.
According to Robinson, the rip currents are caused when water from waves crashing onto low points in the beach washes quickly back to sea. The meeting of incoming and outgoing currents creates an extent of rough, broken water.