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August 14, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
Suddenly, there was an explosion on the sand. Forty-five barefoot runners thundered down the beach, splashed into the water and started swimming toward an offshore buoy. The colorful scene at 6 a.m. Thursday near the Santa Ana River jetty was the beginning of the 15th annual Megacolossus, a grueling run-swim-run contest for Southern California lifeguards.
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October 11, 1999 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A mix of unseasonably hot weather, storm-churned surf and hordes of beach-goers led to dozens of surfside rescues Sunday, taxing a skeleton crew of lifeguards on Orange County beaches. Huntington City Beach officials reported 46 rescues on Saturday alone--the usual number of rescues for the entire month of October--and more than 20 on Sunday. No serious injuries were reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1998
The biggest beach rescue days aren't the ones with huge surf but sunny days with warm water and medium surf that lull beach-goers into a false sense of security. Orange County lifeguards--who rescued more than 15,000 people last year--try to anticipate trouble by evaluating beach-goers' water skills. Teens and young adults most often misjudge their swimming abilities. Lifeguards make five preventive warnings for every rescue. But when they spot danger, here's how they swing into action: 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When lifeguard Patrick Quigley got the Code 906--a rescue call--the description troubled him: "Proceed to Divers Cove. Three victims in the water." It was Mother's Day when powerful, 3- to 5-foot waves were pounding the beaches and coves in Laguna Beach. Quigley arrived at the cove and had no idea that two people would die, one would survive and the ordeal would be so physically and mentally demanding that the 27-year-old lifeguard would consider retiring. But he didn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST
A group of surfers and former lifeguards will hold a memorial service Friday at Main Beach for one of their own: former Laguna Beach lifeguard Charles L. Plummer, who died early Saturday. About 50 friends and family members are expected to honor Plummer--"Charlie" to his friends--who was this city's lifeguard captain from 1944 to 1948. Plummer died at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach after suffering a stroke. He was 70.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1994 | DAVID REYES
Seal Beach lifeguards are seeking permission to net stingrays after a rash of people reported getting stung in North County beaches. Officials said they have observed an increase in the number of stingrays recently because of warmer water temperatures. "We definitely have had a notable increase," said A. J. Summers, a Seal Beach lifeguard supervisor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When lifeguard Patrick Quigley got the Code 906--a rescue call--the description troubled him: "Proceed to Divers Cove. Three victims in the water." It was Mother's Day when powerful, 3- to 5-foot waves were pounding the beaches and coves in Laguna Beach. Quigley arrived at the cove and had no idea that two people would die, one would survive and the ordeal would be so physically and mentally demanding that the 27-year-old lifeguard would consider retiring. But he didn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1999 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A mix of unseasonably hot weather, storm-churned surf and hordes of beach-goers led to dozens of surfside rescues Sunday, taxing a skeleton crew of lifeguards on Orange County beaches. Huntington City Beach officials reported 46 rescues on Saturday alone--the usual number of rescues for the entire month of October--and more than 20 on Sunday. No serious injuries were reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two sewage spills in the first four days of the new year prompted the closure of five small Orange County beaches, health officials said Tuesday. The closures, in Newport Beach and Huntington Harbour, are reminiscent of last summer, when much of Huntington Beach was off-limits to swimmers and surfers because of high bacteria readings. Authorities eventually traced the contamination to runoff from a nearby channel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 40-year-old diver who disregarded warnings of high surf at Crystal Cove State Park died Sunday after being pulled unconscious from the water, the Orange County Fire Authority said. Neil J. Olsen of Anaheim became the latest victim in a series of ocean-related tragedies involving heavy high surf. The diver had entered the ocean for an afternoon of snorkeling near Rocky Bight, about a mile north of El Moro Elementary School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1998
The biggest beach rescue days aren't the ones with huge surf but sunny days with warm water and medium surf that lull beach-goers into a false sense of security. Orange County lifeguards--who rescued more than 15,000 people last year--try to anticipate trouble by evaluating beach-goers' water skills. Teens and young adults most often misjudge their swimming abilities. Lifeguards make five preventive warnings for every rescue. But when they spot danger, here's how they swing into action: 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST
A group of surfers and former lifeguards will hold a memorial service Friday at Main Beach for one of their own: former Laguna Beach lifeguard Charles L. Plummer, who died early Saturday. About 50 friends and family members are expected to honor Plummer--"Charlie" to his friends--who was this city's lifeguard captain from 1944 to 1948. Plummer died at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach after suffering a stroke. He was 70.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1994 | DAVID REYES
Seal Beach lifeguards are seeking permission to net stingrays after a rash of people reported getting stung in North County beaches. Officials said they have observed an increase in the number of stingrays recently because of warmer water temperatures. "We definitely have had a notable increase," said A. J. Summers, a Seal Beach lifeguard supervisor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
Suddenly, there was an explosion on the sand. Forty-five barefoot runners thundered down the beach, splashed into the water and started swimming toward an offshore buoy. The colorful scene at 6 a.m. Thursday near the Santa Ana River jetty was the beginning of the 15th annual Megacolossus, a grueling run-swim-run contest for Southern California lifeguards.
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September 2, 1990 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Those lazy, hazy days of summer were still much in evidence as the Labor Day holiday weekend began Saturday with light beach crowds but heavy traffic on some Southern California freeways. Lifeguards in Orange County reported few rescues, extremely calm surf and water temperatures of 67 degrees to 70 degrees. But there were a few stingray-induced injuries at Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1985 | JACK JONES and SHIRISH DATE, Times Staff Writers
A southeasterly flow of tropical air will bring Orange County continued warm, moist weather with a chance of scattered showers for another day and a half, according to the National Weather Service. The same air mass also triggered heavy rains and flooding elsewhere in the Southwest. And lifeguards at Orange County beaches were warning of possibly dangerous surf conditions.
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