Newport Beach lifeguards increased their patrols Monday because of high surf and strong winds, factors that played a role in a teenager’s drowning over the weekend and two dramatic rescues last week, lifeguards said.
“We judge on a day-to-day basis,” Battalion Chief Rob Williams said. “It all depends on the weather and surf. The weather attracts the crowds.”
Lifeguards are not manning the towers yet, instead relying on the four or five who patrol the beach in trucks. Lifeguards will start setting up at towers around April 1 for spring break, Williams said.