High surf prompts several rescues

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SAN DIEGO — Higher than average surf at San Diego County beaches contributed several rescues Sunday, and were expected to create dangerous swimming conditions through early next week.

National Weather Service forecasters said large northwest swells stemming from a series of storms over Northern California brought the high surf and strong rip currents to San Diego County’s beaches. A NWS high surf advisory for the coast was scheduled to extend until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A surfer became trapped in a cove at Sunset Cliffs amid high surf conditions, but was later rescued and was not injured, according to lifeguards. Several kayakers also needed assistance Sunday because of the rough seas, lifeguards said.

Waves of 6 to 9 feet were forecast for west-facing beaches south of Del Mar. The NWS said sets of up to 12 feet could be possible on Monday.

“Please always swim near a lifeguard. Check with lifeguards when you get to the beach — ask for recommendations on where the safer places to swim are and the places to avoid are,” said San Diego lifeguard Sgt. Jon Vipond.

The waves and the rip currents they were producing upped the risk for beachgoers, especially for those with little experience in the water. Localized beach erosion could also occur, the NWS said.

Two young men attempting to swim to a bouy in Bonita Cove around 2:10 p.m. started to struggle in the water, lifeguards said.  At least two people swam out to help them until lifeguards arrived to the area.

The swimmers were taken to UCSD Medical Center where they were expected to be recover.

The high surf was expected to subside Tuesday night and Wednesday, forecasters said.

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