Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stingray Audit At The Venice Garage + A Blitz Rescue At Ave-26...

Thursday morning, May 19, 2016..... we made it to the Venice Breakwater on our off duty foot patrol this morning and were told that a youth from the LACo WATER program had met a stingray at North Channel and was being treated with a bucket of hot water in the Venice Garage... so that piqued our interest and we kept heading in that direction to see how the young lad was doing.  He was fine and in good hands and his left foot was soaking in a bucket of hot water...



Next thing you know, OLS Kevin Curtis observed that the lifeguard on duty at Ave-23 had gone down on a foot patrol to get a closer look at a group of 5 - 7 swimmers, bodyboarders and a surfer caught up in a rip off of Ave-26.  I spoke to Kevin and asked him what he thought of the group which appeared to be trying to make it to shore directly against the current of the rip..... thus revealing them to be inexperienced.  Kevin indicated that they appeared to be novices.  I had my fins in my backpack so I jogged down toward Ave-26 where Veteran LACo OL Chris Baer was in the process of removing his jacket and shirt and to swim out to the victims...

OL Chris Baer in the water at right inside the surf line... with the group fully in the rip outside at center of frame...


close up/screen shot below




Kevin Curtis used his radio and stated his location at Ave-26 and that he was going in the water and requesting back up.  I arrived, while off duty... and observed OL Baer hit the water. I then snapped a couple of quicks photos and then stripped down to my board shorts, grabbed my DaFins... and also hit the water..... OL Baer brought two victims to shore who were latched onto his rescue can, the surfer (x-ref: Wavestorm soft top) made it to shore alone, and I was able to assist a bodyboarder and her boyfriend to shore along with Veteran LACo OL, Renee Locarnini (who had been standing by as part of the WATER program at the Venice Garage where the young lad was being treated for the stingray injury). Also in the water from the Venice Pier was (overtime shift) OLS, Dave Kastigar, who did a double take on seeing me in the water!  :-)   Woohoo!...  We could make all this up but we didn't have to!...  Everybody made it shore AOK. 




After it was all over, the bodyboarder and her boyfriend talk to the lifeguard who makes sure they are ok...

OLS Dave Kastigar drying off...


Back at the Venice Garage, L2R, OLS Kevin Curtis, Capt. Eugene Atanasio, OLS Cosmo Flynn, and OLS Matt Rhodes discussing the use of the Dept's new digital EMS tablet (which Matt is holding and using).

I was able to hitch a ride back to CSHQ with Capt. Eugene!  Thanks Eugene!


The new digital EMS Tablet!...


Back in SMS we pass OLS Mike Murphy, doing double duty as a telephone repairman at Tower #22 which has just recently been moved to the front of the beach from its winter storage spot on the sand back by the boardwalk...


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(All photos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Squeegee & Sponge: The Blog Post

Dateline: Thursday morning, May 19, 2016 at Navy St. tower along Venice Beach, California... on our off duty foot patrol we observe Veteran LACo OL, Brandon Snell, washing the towers of his tower with squeegee and sponge... a vital and important task that enhances the ability to "watch the water".



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Squeegee & Sponge: The Video





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(All photos and video by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Foot Bucket 101...

Dateline: Santa Monica South, Tower #20, as we were in transit on our off-duty foot patrol with our goal to walk and run to the Venice Breakwater and back... we observed Veteran OL Ricardo Monroy finish setting up the traffic cones around his tower and then proceed to the water's edge to fill his tower's foot bucket.  Ladies and Gentlemen, this is how it is done!


Timing is everything... you must wait for the water to wash up on shore so you can fill the bucket!...


After filling the bucket with water, dump it out so you can get the sand out of it left behind from the previous day...


and be sure to bend the knees when you commit to the task of filling the bucket!...


balance is also key...


reverse course and set about returning to the tower...


hike the berm... while balancing the bucket now filled with water.....



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Foot Bucket 101: The Video

     https://youtu.be/TKLlBErYuvg

The happy lifeguard who has now completed his opening procedures!...


And before we take our leave... the finished product: the filled foot bucket!


Bravo!

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(All photos and video by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Preventions 101...

Dateline: Wednesday, mid morning, May 18, 2016 along Santa Monica South, Veteran OL John Nugent makes several preventions.  Having observed a group of kids/swimmers adjacent to Tower #20 venturing into a large and wide inshore hole feeding into a rip current directly off of Tower #20, John spoke to them and educated them and the adults with them about the conditions in the ocean.  Well done!


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Preventions 101: The Video

     https://youtu.be/nJ0-3Xdhi7Q



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(All photos and video by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Santa Monica North...

hieroglyphic wood carving on counter in SMN Tower #12, creator unknown...

Dateline: Saturday, May 7, 2016... We know you were wondering what was going on on the other side of the Santa Monica Pier.... so here ya go!...

SMN Tower #12 at 0945 hrs...




Tar globs along Santa Monica North (as well as SMS)... watch where you plant your feet!


A pre-shift workout takes us on a soft sand run down to SMN Tower #15 where we see Veteran OL George Hale taking out the trash... literally!





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Santa Monica North: The Video

     https://youtu.be/H-tAt0590n0


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Baywatch Drive By: Video #1

     https://youtu.be/axsXZVn63mM


More tar globs...


FYI; X-Ref:  http://www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/what-are-those-black-clumps-beach
 

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Video #2:  Baywatch Rescue Boat Drive By...

     https://youtu.be/Gep4_do_mVs


Local skim boarder getting some tricks done...


On duty at 1100 hrs...





Doing my part to clean up the tar on the beach...


Below, big group of young people from the military-like fitness group, GO RUCK, marching along the water line...


End of shift nearing...




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