Lifeguards Warn Labor Day Beachgoers About Rip Currents, Swells

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Strong rip currents and a heavy swell in the Pacific Ocean have created dangerous surf conditions along the Southern California coast and forced officials to temporarily close at least one beach during the Labor Day weekend.

Sacred Cove on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was to be closed through Monday evening in response to the larger-than-normal waves and powerful currents, said Lida Barillas, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

All other beaches remained open, but county fire officials urged beachgoers to swim near lifeguard towers and avoid heading into the water after drinking alcohol.

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazard warning through Monday, predicting breakers up to 7 feet paired with “sneaker waves” that can suddenly sweep swimmers away.

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