Warm and humid weather on Saturday and Sunday drew about 188,000 visitors to Newport Beach beaches this weekend, a lifeguard official said.
“Newport ocean temperatures hit a very warm 71 degrees with surf 4-6 feet on many beaches,” said Lifeguard Battalion Chief Jim Turner in an email. “The surf was big and the warm weather and excellent surf enticed bodysurfers into the large waves and lifeguards were busy both days with many rescues.”
Newport Beach lifeguards made 156 rescues on Saturday and 203 on Sunday, averaging more than six rescues per guard each day, Turner said. Guards also made 7,865 preventive actions, responded to 234 First Aids calls and reunited 52 lost children with caregivers, he said.
The crowds were not as big as this year’s Memorial Day weekend, which drew about 200,000 visitors to beaches in what lifeguards said were the biggest Memorial Day crowds in recent memory; read our story here.
On July 4, lifeguards expected 103,000 beach visitors and made 36 rescues.
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