Flooding hits parts of Newport Beach amid high tide, high surf

A sailboat is damaged by high tide.

Ocean waves crashed over the sand at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and into parking lots and streets, destroying a sailboat because of the dangerous combination of high tide and high surf, authorities said.

The tide peaked at 6.5 feet at 8:25 p.m. Friday, according to US Harbors, an online service provided for boaters. The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory through noon Monday warning that waves and surf of five to seven feet with sets to eight feet were likely.

One man told KNBC-TV he helped rescue people from a sailboat that was pushed ashore by the waves and battered to pieces.


There were reports that a lifeguard was hospitalized for injuries suffered while rescuing two teens near the Balboa Pier.

The tide is next expected to peak at 6.5 feet at 9:06 p.m. Saturday, 6.3 feet at 9:47 p.m. Sunday and 6 feet at 10:28 p.m. Monday.