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Lifeguards Protected 5.8 Million Beachgoers in Manhattan Beach in 2021

Jan 06, 2022 11:34AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Manhattan Beach is a safer beach thanks to the Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

More than 5.8 million people visited the beach in Manhattan Beach in 2021, and lifeguards performed a total of 1,513 rescues in Manhattan Beach.

Overall, beach visitors and rescues were slightly down for 2021, according to statistics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which oversees the Los Angeles County Lifeguards. 

In Manhattan Beach in 2021, L.A. County lifeguards performed:

1,513 rescues (down from 2,107 in 2020)
1,465 medical aids (down from 1,921 in 2020)
2843 emergency vehicle responses (down from 3,365 in 2020)
96,424 preventive actions (down from 126,118 in 2020)

"The fluctuation in our yearly statistics is pretty normal, as they are largely based on what the ocean and beach conditions were like for the duration of the year or summertime, when the highest number of rescues occur," Jake Miller, ocean lifeguard at the Los Angeles County Fire Department told DigMB.

Miller added: "During the summer of 2020, we had several large swells that lasted for quite a few days. On those busier days, Manhattan [Beach] can record 100-plus rescues in a single day."

More Than 51 Million Beachgoers Countywide

Across Los Angeles County in 2021, an estimated total of 51.9 million people visited L.A. County beaches (compared to 62.9 million in 2020).

County-wide, in 2021, L.A. County lifeguards performed:

9,286 rescues (compared to 9666 in 2020)
13,303 medical aids (compared to 15,134 in 2020)
23,814 emergency vehicle responses (compared to 29,396 in 2020)
898,913 preventive actions (compared to 1,167,686 in 2020)
634 missing persons reunited (compared to 685 in 2020)
500 boat distresses (compared to 523 in 2020)

The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service employs 132 year-round lifeguards (Chiefs, Captains and Ocean Lifeguard Specialists) and more than 650 seasonal lifeguards (Recurrents). The L.A. County lifeguards are responsible for providing ocean lifesaving protection for more than 72 miles of Southern California coastline.

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