The latest holiday weekend brought its share of crowds, waves and dramatic rescues to Seal Beach.
City lifeguards made more than 130 rescues Sept. 1-3, according to Joe Bailey, marine safety chief.
“Labor Day weekend was a busy one for the Marine Safety Department,” said Bailey in a written statement. “The nice weather and good surf drew crowds to the beach.”
“Large surf is the main reason for the elevated rescue activity," Bailey added. "The larger surf creates stronger rip currents. Rip currents that can pull people away from shore.”
From August 31 to Sept. 7, city lifeguards reported 146 rescues, 26 medical aid instances, two major medical aid instances, three stingray injuries and five boat rescues.
With school back in session, Seal Beach lifeguards are lowering the amount of staff working at the same time, according to Bailey.
There will, however, be "full deployment" over the next weekend as the busy season winds down.