Dangerous Surf

malady arial, pharmacy sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>By Tom Dunn

order arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>On July 4th, the well trained and dedicated lifeguards at Port Hueneme beach helped rescue 30 swimmers. There were several hundred swimmers in or around the water throughout the day all day long. Some were caught in rip tides which are very dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. During a rescue, it was thought a swimmer had disappeared. Out of an abundance of caution and no way to account for everybody on the beach, a full-on search was initiated. The Ventura County Fire Dept, Coast Guard, helicopters, police and ambulances were called in.  After nearly an hour of an exhaustive search of the water, it was called off.  Fortunately, there was no tragedy to comment on.


Port Hueneme Beach. Source: http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks

The point of this article: while I am extremely thankful for the lifeguards and public safety responders, proactive measures should be initiated to increase awareness of the beach dangers.  I believe there should be warning signs posted such as “Swim Near A Lifeguard” and ones regarding the Rip Tides. I also believe that the Lifeguard services need to be expanded both in hours and duration.  I am told that this was the busiest Hueneme Beach had been in a very long time.  It is hard to estimate, but it appeared a few thousand beachgoers came to Hueneme Beach.

Not too long ago, when the City considered cutting the entire lifeguard program, it was suggested to the Council that the Lifeguards be replaced with warning signs.   It seems to me, warning signs could help the Lifeguards with awareness and help make the beach safer for all. If you agree that signs are needed at Port Hueneme beach, email  City Council: [email protected] asking them to make Port Hueneme “The Friendly and Safe City by the Sea.”

– Tom Dunn, Port Hueneme Coalition of Concerned Citizens. To view interviews and newsletters of Port Hueneme  Citizens and attractions on “Hello Port Hueneme” go to http://phcccblog.blogspot.com/. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.


About the PH Lifeguard Program

Tom Dunn is a Port Hueneme civic activist working to restore PH financial and governmental stability. He heads the Port Hueneme Coalition of Concerned Citizens (PHCCC). He is retired- was a sales executive for major health care manufacturers and a small business owner.

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Steven Gama
Steven Gama
4 years ago

Excellent points Mr. Dunn! I wish I surfed that wave! Among others things, Hueneme Beach is a surf destination which, as evidenced by the above photo, is a world class surf spot! We are sitting on a financial asset, currently, under utilized!