MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Lifeguards warned the public on Wednesday of dangerous rip currents that have formed along the coast of Los Angeles County beaches.
Around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, lifeguards performed a blitz rescue to save 18 people who became swept out to sea just south of the pier in Venice.
A total of 404 rescues occurred within L.A. County beaches, 87 of which occurred in Manhattan Beach, lifeguards said.
CBS2's Jasmine Viel reported more than 100 people are killed in the U.S. per year due to rip currents.
With high temperatures and humid conditions, officials expect L.A. County beaches to become packed again today.
Authorities advised the public to remain close to towers and to ask lifeguards where it is safe to swim.
If you find yourself trapped in a rip current, do not swim against it. Instead, try to stay parallel to the shoreline until the current stops. Then, swim at an angle away from the current towards the shore.
Lifeguards said the rip currents are expected to continue through Friday.
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