In an attempt to clear up her comments, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle managed to clear up only one thing (Community Commentary: Official clears up lifeguard services comments," April 22): She does not have any idea what the permanent lifeguards do for the city of Newport Beach. She suggests they are only needed for water safety, and described the beach as having three distinct regions — the water, the beach (sand) and the boardwalk.
I have lived in the Newport area my whole life and have worked as a lifeguard for more than 35 years, and the beach is considered everything from the homes and businesses out into the ocean.
This includes the parking lots, piers, jetties, groins, boardwalk and sand. Lifeguards provide essential protection to all of these areas. They're also responsible for medical aids (bicycle accidents, heart attacks, diabetic emergencies, allergic reactions and more), public assists (lost persons, disabled visitors, etc.), mitigation of conflicts and preventative actions (warnings of dangerous water conditions, holes and tunnels in unstable sand, and dangerous beach games).