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San Diego Lifeguards Promote Spring Break Safety At The Beach

People at the beach by the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier. Aug. 22, 2020.

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Above: People at the beach by the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier. Aug. 22, 2020.

Spring break is underway and San Diego’s beautiful weather is bringing large crowds to the beaches.

With more than 40 miles of oceanfront and bay shoreline to patrol, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s lifeguards have partnered with police to ensure both visitors and locals have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Some of the department’s recommendations are for people to know the rules of the beaches and bays.

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A major safety concern is the rental and operation of aquatic vessels like boats and jet skis.

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San Diego Lifeguard Chief James Gartland recommends renting from licensed businesses.

“Those vessels are well maintained. They’re safe, there’s insurance. They provide some instruction,” Gartland said.

Proper operation of water vessels is also key to safety. The department recommends all riders wear a proper life vest, have a throwable floatation device, a serviceable fire extinguisher, registration and a rental agreement if renting.

Authorities encourage anyone visiting the beaches and bays to wear masks and social distance.

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Melissa Mae
Freelance Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs a freelance reporter, I cover a wide variety of stories. One day I may cover the current COVID-19 situation and the next day my story may be about a San Diego landmark. With a background in sports broadcasting, any time I get to cover a sports story is an added bonus! I love covering stories about the place I am lucky enough to call home, San Diego.

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