Newport lifeguards: Memorial Day beach crowds largest in memory

More than 200,000 people visited Newport Beach beaches this holiday weekend, a lifeguard and fire spokeswoman said.

“Three regular staff commented that it (Monday) was the largest Memorial Day attendance they could remember,” said Jennifer Schulz in an email.

On Saturday, cool and cloudy weather in the morning and afternoon breezes possibly contributed to the smallest crowds of the weekend, with 55,000 people on local beaches. Lifeguards made six rescues, wet prevents — actions where a lifeguard goes into the water — 60 dry prevents, 22 minor FIrst Aid calls, 655 public contacts, took reports of two lost children, issued 75 warnings to surfers, five warnings about dogs and two warnings to boat operators.

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