Rescuers and police step up security patrols

SAN DIEGO — Memorial Day weekend is already underway for some on San Diego beaches and bays looking to beat the crowds.

“We love coming to Fiesta Island. We did it today because Memorial Day is packed, sometimes it’s hard to find a spot on the beach,” Danny Vurnham said on Friday.

As popular areas began to fill up on Friday, local lifeguards and law enforcement issued strong reminders to celebrate safely. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted on the beach and people are asked to make bonfires in the designated concrete ring.

“We go down and try to get out early to implant a ring and it’s quieter,” said Suzanne Wood, who also chose to celebrate on Friday.

Police and lifeguards will step up their patrols, especially on Mission Bay near the boat ramps to help remind people of the rules.

“California requires a California Boater’s Card in order to operate a vessel for anyone age 45 and under, so if you don’t already have your boater’s card, we recommend that you obtain it online before uploading. your boat in the water this weekend,” said Capt. Maureen Hodges of the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department Lifeguard Division.

Life jackets are still strongly recommended and mandatory for anyone 13 and under. Lifeguards also always encourage checking with them about safe swimming areas, as water conditions can change quickly throughout the day.

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