33 Stung by Stingrays in Huntington Beach; Low Surf, Warm Water Blamed

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A September day at Huntington Beach. (Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

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A rash of stingray stings over the weekend in Huntington Beach left more than 30 beachgoers feeling the pain.

Lifeguards treated 15 people for stings on Saturday and 18 more on Sunday, Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein told Times Community News.

Stingray injuries are not uncommon in Huntington Beach, which logs 400 to 500 a year, Beuerlein said. Typically, however, “we probably average one to two a day,” he said.

A combination of small surf and warm water, like Huntington Beach saw over the weekend, usually brings a bump in stings, according to Beuerlein. “The lack of surf allows them to come in closer than they usually would,” he said.

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