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Authorities Issue Warning About Ventura Beach After Four Swimmers Caught In Rip Tide

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:26am

Authorities have issued a warning about a Ventura Beach, after four people were caught in a rip tide.

Just before 11 a.m. yesterday, four swimmers between the ages of eight, and 18 were in the ocean near Marina Park when they were swept out of control. Some large waves pushed them into a shallow area, where they were able to regain their footing, and escape to safety.

They were part of a summer camp group from Lancaster which was visiting the beach. They were checked by lifeguards, and paramedics, but none of them were seriously injured.

Ventura Fire officials say a rock wall which juts into the ocean near Greenock Lane creates what amounts to a permanent rip tide in the area, and that swimmers need to avoid the area. State lifeguards don’t start staffing lifeguard towards in the Marina Park area until mid-June.

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