High surf damaged OB pier, forces Sunday closure


Lifeguards close Ocean Beach Pier due to damages from the high surf.

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SAN DIEGO — High surf and waves over 10 feet damaged railings and electrical wiring on the Ocean Beach Pier, forcing officials to keep the structure closed Sunday.

Lifeguards are hoping a city repair crew will be able to repair the damage caused by the waves that blasted the pier Saturday afternoon.

“I wouldn’t want to be out there even though I surfed for 50 years. It’s terrible conditions,” said beachgoer Michael Tinsley.

Lifeguards recalled surfers away from the waves, asking them to move their sessions further up the coast.

“It doesn’t look that bad. But like (the lifeguard) was saying, the waves keep pulling into the pier so it’s just safer to go over more north,” said surfer John Kennedy.

The National Weather Service has posted a high surf advisory through 3 p.m. Sunday.

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