Monday, September 11, 2017

All Baywatch All The Time: Summer 2017



This Summer of 2017 has offered an excellent opportunity to take photos of the LACoFD Lifeguard Operations' Baywatch rescue boats, particularly along Santa Monica South, as I've walked the shoreline and the boardwalk on my personal time with my camera and telephoto lens in hand and/or my trusty point and shoot digital camera...  Here are the highlights..... please note that all photos are Copyright Will Maguire 2017.









Below, Baywatch Malibu at anchor buoy off the Malibu Pier, August 2017...







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Until next time.....

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(All photos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2017.)

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Santa Barbara Microburst: Post Script Remarks & Photos, by John C. Thomas


Dateline: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.  In a "County Recurrent" exclusive report, OLS John C. Thomas (Ret.) shares his recent reconnaissance and remarks about the damage sustained in the Santa Barbara Harbor area during the sudden microburst wind storm...

x-ref:

•  "Microburst", Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Santa Barbara, Calif... (x-ref: Tropical Storm Lidia)

https://twitter.com/ABC7/status/904817122261340160 )

•  Video Compilation of Santa Barbara Microburst (YouTube):

https://youtu.be/O-JtutbNtE8


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POST SCRIPT ON THE SB HARBOR MICRO BURST OF LAST WEEK… 
FRIEND OF MINE’S SKI WAS PICKED UP OFF THE RACKS AND HURLED 
50 YARDS AND SNAPPED IN HALF…

note: that is a $5,000 surfkski!...


THE HEAVIER OUTRIGGERS WERE SPARED, AS THE BRUNT OF THE WINDS WERE RIGHT AT THE SHORELINE OR OVER THE WATER..


THE BIG OUTRIGGERS WERE UNTOUCHED.


SKI RACK RIPPED OUT OF THE SAND… THOSE ARE 4” BY 6‘ BEAMS… HEAVY…


AN ENTIRE RACK WAS RIPPED UP AND THROWN ONTO THE WALKWAY AND SNAPPED THIS STEEL RE-ENFORCED CONCRETE LAMP POST…


SNAPPED IT RIGHT AT THE BASE…SOME OF THE SKI’S WERE THROWN FAR DOWN THE CHANNEL…ONTO THE BOATS…

Editor's note: Jay Butki and other surfski devotees are warned that the following images may be disturbing...   :-) 


PILE OF SHREDDED SKI’S… MANY BROKEN IN HALF…


THESE RUN 3500 TO 5000 A PIECE…


BROKEN RACK AND MOST OF THE SKI’S RIPPED OUT… THE ONES THAT STAYED WERE FIRMLY ANCHORED.


WEIRDLY, THE LAZERS AND SABOTS THAT WERE AT THE BACK OF THE BEACH NEAR THE STREET WERE UNHARMED….


ENTRANCE TO THE LAUNCH RAMP… SQUASHED PRIUS….


ONE LESS PRIUS DRIVER… HAW HAW HAW !!!!   :-)


A 21 FOOT SAILBOAT WAS THROWN OUT OF THE WATER ONTO THE DOCKS, HIGH AND DRY… FIVE OTHERS IN THE HARBOR CHANNEL WERE CAPSIZED … A LARGE 35 SAILBOAT ON THE EAST SIDE OF STERNS WHARF WAS BLOWN DOWN AND SANK… LATER RAISED AND BROUGHT TO SHORE….. THE WINDS WERE ESTIMATED GUSTING BETWEEN 75 AND 85 MPH… WITH HEAVY RAIN… IT WAS WILD…TREES DOWN ALL OVER SB… OTHER CARS AND TRUCKS SQUASHED… ALL FROM ONE CLOUD… NOW THINK ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA… 175 MPH AND 15 FOOT STORM SURGE… ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE ….

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Many Thanks to John for sharing his photos and remarks with all of us about this recent wind storm event in Santa Barbara, California.

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(All photos and text by & Copyright John C. Thomas. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission).

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Highlights Along SMS, Venice North and the Venice Boardwalk...



Dateline: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, aka, LABOR DAY 2017...

DONUTS?!...  No thanks, oh well, maybe just one. Thanks!  :-)

SMS 24, OL Emily Fuller, on duty...


Below, on a workout before his shift, Rookie OL Misa Acosta, with his Churchill® fins in hand...


Baywatch Santa Monica at the buoy off SMS 26, below...


SMS OLS Ryan Berry, on duty, standing tall on the rear bumper...


Below, L2R, OLS Ryan Berry with OL Charlie Patch...


SMFD Med Cart, below, at left, on patrol along SMS...



Below, L2R, OL Chris Ro and OL Brandon Leon...


OL Charlie Patch on a rescue and blazing thru the knee high in shore surfline...



Above and below, OLS Berry and OL Patch, making a great team effort and saving two lives in a rip current off of SMS 26...  Cameo above by OL Brandon Leon with raised rescue can.



On to Venice, below...


At Navy St., below, L2R, OL Macy Mullen, OL Ryan Makuta, and OL Wadley...
comment: Ryan needs to start working out more, don't ya think?!...  :-)




OL Elle Quane, on duty at the Venice Breakwater, watching the water...



Baywatch Santa Monica temporarily on standby at the Breakwater...


Ave 19 below...






Bike path injury beside Venice Boardwalk...


Below, OL Macy Mullen at Navy St., watching the water from the deck...


Back to SMS, below... OL Chris Ro, on deck, with binoculars in hand, watching the water...


At Tower #26, OLS Berry is busy watching the water as well, also with binoculars...


Busy Labor Day at SMS Tower #24, below, as observed with my telephoto lens from the parking lot...


VW Camper Van cameo below...


There they go again... Baywatch Santa Monica, helmed by Capt. Steve Powell, along with Deckhand OLS, Sean Kennedy...



Back and forth... Baywatch Santa Monica is all over it backing up rescues, etc. et al...


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"County Recurrent" News
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(All photos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2017.)

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