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Lifeguards respond to swimmer in distress off Pismo Beach Pier

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Posted at 12:13 PM, May 30, 2022

A swimmer made it safely back to shore Monday after lifeguards were called for a water rescue just off the Pismo Beach Pier on Memorial Day.

The call came in at about 11:25 a.m.

According to CAL FIRE SLO, a swimmer tried to hold onto a pier piling after becoming tired. When a couple of lifeguards swam out to help the person, a large wave washed all three away.

"Two lifeguards went out to assist and when they reached that swimmer, the swell washed them all off of the piling," said CAL FIRE SLO spokesperson Adan Orozco.

All three were able to swim back to shore as heavy surf pounded the Pismo Beach Pier.

CAL FIRE says that big waves and high winds can quickly tire out anyone in the water.

"They get tired really fast, especially with the wind and the swell we're having, it's a lot of force," Orozco said.

The water rescue underscores the importance of safety as visitors pack into Pismo Beach.

"Just be careful this holiday weekend and for the rest of the summer. Swim in pairs and let everyone know where you're at," Orozco added.

A few surfers braved the gusty winds and rough surf on Memorial Day.

Some waded into the water but most people stuck to the beach to simply enjoy the long weekend.

"We are visiting from Brazil and Israel and our impression so far is the Pacific Coast is really amazing," said Cristiano Agozzoli of Israel. "We are fascinated by the coast and the beach and the people."

"We have something similar in Israel on Memorial Day and it's really nice here and quiet in general. It's a beautiful day," added Rafi Hadad.

Lifeguards will be on duty for the rest of the summer through Labor Day at Pismo Beach.

As for the water rescue, it took about 15 minutes of swimming but everyone was able to get back to shore safely and no medical treatment was needed.