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Police and Lifeguards Emphasize Safety at Beaches and Mission Bay

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Spring break is a busy time at the beaches and Mission Bay, with crowds ready to enjoy the sunshine and shoreline this week. In response, San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards will be increasing their patrols to monitor safety along the water. 

San Diego Police emphasize that alcohol is not allowed on the beach, and they will be issuing citations for anyone caught in violation. It illegal to operate a boat or jet ski if you have been drinking. Additionally, bonfires must be limited to the City-issued fire rings. 

“Lifeguards and police officers patrolling the beaches and Mission Bay want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Lifeguard Chief James Gartland. “Boaters and passengers should learn safety regulations before operating a vessel and be aware of individuals illegally renting vessels.”

With more than 40 miles of oceanfront and bay shoreline to patrol throughout the city, SDFD lifeguards help keep an average of 17 million visitors safe and conduct an estimated 7,000 rescues at local beaches each year. Additionally, lifeguards manage cliff, scuba and swift water rescues, enforce boating safety regulations and respond to emergencies involving seafaring vessels and other watercraft.

The San Diego Police Department has a full-time beach team whose members patrol the sand, boardwalks and Mission Bay.