San Diego lifeguards say hot weather means more water rescues

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SAN DIEGO  --  With the sunshine and hot weather, everyone will be hitting San Diego beaches and waterways in droves this weekend, but lifeguards say it’s a dangerous time on the water.

San Diego lifeguards say when the temperatures rise, people find themselves unprepared and in need of rescue in the water. They’re warning people to be prepared.

A young man rescued and treated by lifeguards spoke only to FOX 5 following his frightening ordeal Friday night. San Diego lifeguards, choppers and numerous rescue boats were deployed after reports that the young man had gone missing while jet skiing with his family on Mission Bay.

“I was riding the jet ski with my mother," he said. "She was going too fast. I flew off the backside swam to shore and had to circle the beach in order to avoid being hit by others in boats. It was a frightening experience, I really just wanted to get back and find my way back.”

Unfortunately, this type of thing is something Lt. John Sandmeyer sees when the weather gets hot.

“Very glad there was no tragic ending to this," Sandmeyer said.

He says the young man survived because he was wearing a life jacket.

“It really is that point in the year when people break out their pool toys and their bay stuff and ocean equipment and want to come out and get out on the water, it’s so inviting," Sandmeyer said.

Lifeguards will be out and ready should anything happen, but lifeguards encourage everyone to be safe and use common sense to ensure tragedy doesn’t ruin a beautiful San Diego day on the water.

“Whether or not you’re a novice or an experienced stand-up paddler, to a kayaker -- anybody on the open water should be wearing a lifejacket,” Sandmeyer said.

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