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Morro Bay beach now staffed with lifeguards 7 days a week

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jun 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-24 20:09:55-04

As the busier summer season kicks in, the lifeguards at Morro Bay will be staffed all seven days of the week.

Just in the past week and a half, lifeguards at Morro Bay’s beach have rescued four people.

Joel Wilkie, the head lifeguard, said the rocks and the tall waves at Morro Bay present a special danger to visitors.

"This beach is pretty unique because we have these rocks right here, so when the tide comes in typically sucks people out along them," said Wilkie, "We also have an inshore hole right now. people get stuck in there and can’t make it back in."

Wilkie said he recently had to rescue a paddle boarder who got sucked in by the tide.

Just last year, a man died when he was pulled under a wave.

Morro Bay has a total of 18 lifeguards on staff, who work in shifts between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

On weekends, four lifeguards are on duty, compared to three during the weekdays.

Wilkie said his biggest advice to beach goers is for parents to pay attention to their children.

"It happens all the time, parents will get caught up laying out and their kid will wander into the water," said Wilkie.

The City of Morro Bay offers swimming lessons through the Parks and Rec Dept.