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July 3, 2010 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Authorities are warning tens of thousands of beachgoers to exercise caution Sunday as forecasters predict a parade of powerful waves that will pound south-facing shorelines throughout the July 4 weekend. The swells, formed by a strong storm near New Zealand, will generate waves with faces of up to 8 feet along beaches in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to forecasters at Surfline.com. Large surf is expected to continue through Tuesday. As much as the forecast delights surfers, it has prompted public warnings from surf experts and lifesaving officials, especially for those not familiar with the rhythm and power of big surf.
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July 3, 2010 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Authorities are warning tens of thousands of beachgoers to exercise caution Sunday as forecasters predict a parade of powerful waves that will pound south-facing shorelines throughout the July 4 weekend. The swells, formed by a strong storm near New Zealand, will generate waves with faces of up to 8 feet along beaches in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to forecasters at Surfline.com. Large surf is expected to continue through Tuesday. As much as the forecast delights surfers, it has prompted public warnings from surf experts and lifesaving officials, especially for those not familiar with the rhythm and power of big surf.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1990
As a resident of Huntington Beach, I must speak out in opposition to the jetty the Navy is proposing for the Naval Weapons Station. We have beaches here, which for years have been wonderful for surfing and for families and picnics. Our whole coast is connected. What the Navy is doing will affect the wetlands at Bolsa Chica, it will make a bay out of Surfside and Sunset beaches and it will affect our surf at Huntington Beach, which is renowned as the world capital for surfing.
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July 25, 2009 | Mike Anton and Gerrick D. Kennedy
The explosive Wedge surf break in Newport Beach has left generations of daredevils with broken bones and concussions. On Friday, with waves topping 20 feet, it killed a man -- a rare death at a place that would seem to invite it. The Orange County coroner's office has identified the man as 50-year-old Monte Kevin Valantin of Lawndale. He was thrown against the rock jetty that produces the Wedge's outsized waves about 12:30 p.m.
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September 10, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The body of a man was discovered Monday by a surfer on the San Gabriel River jetty in Seal Beach, police said. The man, who has a beard, has not been identified and autopsy results are pending, Orange County coroner's officials said. A surfer called police about 12:30 p.m. after he spotted the body on the jetty, adjacent to the 1st Street beach, according to Seal Beach Police Sgt. Bob Mullins. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Darrell Hardin at (562) 799-4100.
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May 29, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
After a woman broke her leg at a Corona del Mar jetty Monday, the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department warned beach-goers to stay clear of such areas if they appear dangerous. "People are allowed on the rocks, but they should take into consideration their physical limitations," Fire and Marine Lt. John Blauer said. "We need people to use their common sense." The jetties are typically used by anglers and are closed to the public during high swells, Blauer said.
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October 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Seal Beach police Wednesday were trying to identify a man whose nude body washed ashore about 200 feet south of the Surfside jetty. The man is described as white, 25 to 35 years old, 6 feet 4 inches tall and 180 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and no identifying marks. He was found about 4:30 p.m. and is believed to have been in the water for two to four days. "Right now we have no idea what the cause of death is," supervising deputy Orange County coroner Joseph Luckey said.
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July 7, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL
Work has begun on a project to shore up the south jetty at Ventura Harbor--and for once, this winter's El Nino is not being blamed for the damage. Harbor officials said Monday the massive, 10-ton concrete supports that make up most of the jetty's foundation are showing signs of failure after 36 years of pounding waves. Through the rest of the summer and into the fall, contractors working under a $2.4-million U.S.
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November 29, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
Construction on the north jetty at Ventura Harbor began earlier this month and is expected to be completed in mid-December, harbor officials said. Crews are lengthening the jetty by 300 feet as part of a $7.7-million project intended to improve safety and reduce dredging costs. The first phase of the project--building a 650-foot rock seawall on the beach south of the harbor--was completed earlier this month. After the jetty is extended, the breakwater will be lengthened by 300 feet.
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February 24, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As cleanup costs for the Orange County oil spill topped $12 million, biologists warned Friday that Alaskan crude still buried on beaches and trapped in rock jetties may threaten a nearby wildlife marsh for weeks or months. Biologists also reported that, for the first time since the Feb. 7 spill, a sheen of oil residue entered the Huntington Beach wetlands earlier this week.
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April 20, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
When artist Robert Smithson assembled a massive spiral unfurling into the Great Salt Lake 38 years ago, there was no indication that this remote spot would be altered again by humans any time soon. Smithson's work, called "Spiral Jetty," became a world-renowned piece of art, its striking man-made pattern created amid isolation. Now art lovers fear it is threatened by plans to explore for oil a few miles offshore.
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April 21, 2007 | David Haldane,, Times Staff Writer
A sheriff's rescue diver was rushed to a hospital with leg injuries Friday after becoming entangled in a sunken sailboat while searching the wreckage for its missing owner. Deputy Ken Kropidlowski, an 18-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and a member of its dive team, was 30-feet deep off a jetty in Newport Beach when he got tangled in debris about 11 a.m. and made an emergency ascent, Jim Amormino, a sheriff's spokesman, said.
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April 19, 2007 | Louis Sahagun and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
Powerful winds that remained intense throughout the day Wednesday created havoc around the Southland, causing at least one serious injury and feeding a fire that scaled a 200-foot hillside near Cal State L.A., destroying a business and a home in its path. The winds, which gusted in spots at more than 50 mph, toppled a 50-foot tree in Anaheim onto a parked van, critically hurting a man inside.
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April 19, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Fierce winds swept over Southern California on Wednesday, blowing a 25-foot sailboat into a Newport Beach jetty and toppling a tree onto a van, seriously injuring an Anaheim maintenance man. The 60-mph winds also spread a fire from a tire warehouse onto a hillside adjacent to Cal State Los Angeles, destroyed a home and damaged two others. Additionally, a passenger on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride suffered minor injuries when the wind blew over a banana tree.
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April 14, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
Authorities recovered the body of a Bay Area man from the ocean off Corona del Mar on Friday near where he and a female companion had been swept off a jetty by heavy surf earlier this week. The body of Sean Shungfei Yeh, 53, of Fremont was discovered about 11 a.m. in the rocky shoreline waters of Inspiration Point at Corona del Mar State Beach, not far from where he and Yi Ni Kwong, 49, of Irvine disappeared while fishing early Tuesday.
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April 13, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
After two days of searching, police think they have identified the two people who were swept into the Pacific on Tuesday off a rocky jetty in Corona del Mar. Sean Shungfei Yeh, 53, of Fremont and Yi Ni Kwong, 49, of Irvine are presumed drowned, though no bodies have been found, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. Police said they found a 2000 Toyota Camry that was registered to Kwong in a beach parking lot.
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January 20, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
A 31-year-old Oxnard man drowned Sunday morning while surfing near the north jetty at Silver Strand, Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Rod Thompson said. Carl Moss was identified as the drowning victim by Mitch Breese, senior deputy coroner. The drowning occurred about 11:30 a.m. near the 2500 block of Ocean Road. According to paramedic Steve Carroll, the man was found floating unconscious past the surf line by another surfer.
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July 2, 1996
Lifeguards rescued three anglers who were trapped by high tide as they fished off a jetty Monday night. A Santa Ana man, his 15-year-old daughter and an Anaheim man were stranded at the tip of Ladder Rock, just off Camero Shores, when the early evening tide brought a pounding surf that made walking back toward shore treacherous, according to Sgt. Karl von Voigt of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol. The trio was "cold and shaken," but uninjured, when they were rescued shortly before 9 p.
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April 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The search continued Wednesday for the bodies of a man and woman swept off a jetty in Corona del Mar by a large wave. "We have boats out there looking, but nothing so far," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "We're going to keep searching for the next couple of days, and hopefully we'll be able to locate them." The pair, described as Asians in their 50s, were last seen about 9:15 a.m.
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April 11, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Helicopters and rescue boats suspended their search late Tuesday for two people who witnesses said were swept off a jetty in Corona del Mar by a large wave. "They've been missing for a while. They're presumed dead," said Jim Slikker, an Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol deputy. "It's almost next to impossible to find them with the visibility being bad tonight."
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