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Why L.A. County Lifeguards Had To Rescue More People Than Ever This Year
L.A. County lifeguards have been so busy that they've already rescued 14,331 people from the start of this year to Nov. 3, and it has to do with the dangerous combination of warm weather and turbulent waters in SoCal.
Our last largest record set for ocean rescues was in 1997 with 14,096 rescues. Normally, we average about 9,670 rescues a year.
Acting Chief Lifeguard Steve Moseley told the L.A. Times that the high temperatures throughout the year have drawn more Angelenos than usual to the beaches—about 70.5 million, which is about 15 million more than the average figures. And at the same time, the ocean waters have been unusually dangerous due to stronger rip currents, which are caused by storms along the Pacific Ocean eroding the beaches.
There was also the rare lightning strikes over the summer that hit the sand and water at Venice Beach, killing one 20-year-old USC student and injuring a dozen more.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.