HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Recently recorded GoPro videos show the public a first hand view of California lifeguards in action as they rescue several distressed swimmers at Huntington State Beach.
A crew of lifeguards operating off of a rescue boat were outfitted with the cameras last week as they went about their daily work of saving frantic swimmers who get caught out of their element, KTLA reported.
The result was a compilation video showing some of the 470 rescues the lifeguards made over a two day period on Aug. 29 and 30.
In the videos, swimmers can be heard gasping for breath as lifeguards reach out with buoys and talk them through the rescue.
“The video you saw is a daily routine for lifeguards,” California Lifeguard Capt. Kevin Pearsall said.
The video was posted to the California State Lifeguards Facebook page ahead of what is expected to be a busy Labor Day weekend at SoCal beaches.
“The water has been very warm lately, so that entices people to go in,” Pearsall said, warning that swimmers who are out of their element should “swim by lifeguards” and “be knowledgeable of their environments.”
Dangerous rip currents are expected to increase in strength and frequency throughout the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service, which suggested swimmers ask local life guards where it is safest to swim.