More than 200,000 people visited Newport Beach beaches over the holiday weekend, a lifeguard and fire spokeswoman said.
"Three regular staff commented that it [Monday] was the largest Memorial Day attendance they could remember," Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz wrote in an email.
On Saturday, cool and cloudy weather in the morning and afternoon breezes possibly contributed to the smallest crowds of the weekend, with 55,000 people on local beaches. Lifeguards made six rescues, wet prevents — actions where a lifeguard goes into the water — 60 dry prevents, 22 minor First Aid calls, 655 public contacts, took reports of two lost children, issued 75 warnings to surfers, five warnings about dogs and two warnings to boat operators.
On Sunday, the weather was partly cloudy in the morning and sunny and windy in the afternoon, 70,000 people visited the beach. Lifeguards made nine rescues, 665 wet prevents, 150 dry prevents, 26 minor First Aid calls, one medical aid call, 1,190 public contacts, 30 warnings about illegal barbecues, took reports of three lost children, issued warnings to 120 surfers and 11 dog owners, made two warnings to boat operators and made one boat assist with two people on board.