Lifeguard Helps Beached Boat Get Back to Sea

After a ship runs aground in Surfside, a Seal Beach lifeguard helps the vessel find open waters again.

A beached boat found its way back to sea last week with the help of a Seal Beach lifeguard.

On Sept. 26, the city’s Marine Safety department received a report of a disabled vessel in Surfside, according to Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey.

“When Marine Safety Officer Nick Bolin responded, the vessel was on the beach,” Bailey said in a written statement. "Fortunately all passengers were accounted for and uninjured.” 

Bolin swam a rope to a tow vessel, and they were able to drag the boat off the beach and back into the sea.

Bailey said that boats beach themselves about once a month.

“Well, we try to catch ‘em before they get onto the beach,“ Bailey said in a Monday interview.

On the same day, Bailey said, Orange County Environmental Health issued a high bacteria warning for 150 feet east and west of the pier and 250 feet east and west of 14th Street.

“This was only a warning for slightly elevated bacteria counts, not a closure,” Bailey added. 

Also, according to Bailey, normally the number of Seal Beach lifeguards working during the autumn season would be at "minimum staffing" – about three to four guards each day – but because the high temperature brings in more people, they'ved had to increase it eight a day or less.

Here’s the latest rescue data from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, according to Bailey.



Medical aids


Major medical aid


Stingray injuries


Boat rescues


Marissa Lidyoff October 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
"Bailey?" I'm sure he/she'd appreciate it if you listed their first name too.
John Crandall October 03, 2012 at 03:30 AM
sorry about that Marissa. It's fixed.


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