While beach attendance was down in 2011, the number of rescues was up. According to data released by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the total number of rescues, including Scuba, surf and rip current rescues, was up 20 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. San Diego lifeguards reportedly conducted 5,333 rescues, 182 boat rescues, 4,217 medical assists, 41 cliff rescues, issued 359 citations, and assisted with 401 lost and found incidents, according to the USLA.
In 2011, 21.7 million visitors took to the sand at one of the many city of San Diego beaches, including , , and . A year earlier, in 2010, a total of 23.9 million visitors made it to the beach in San Diego. Comparitively, the beaches in Coronado had 3.55 million visitors, Oceanside had 4 million, and Solana Beach had 210,500 in 2011. Beaches that attracted large crowds last year included Huntington Beach, Miami Beach and Ocean City, Md.
See ya at the beach this year!
AttendanceAgency 2011 Attendance 2010 Attendance 2009 Attendance 2008 Attendance City of San Diego 21,705,659 23,969,337 25,089,285 19,655,781
RescuesAgency 2011 Rescues 2010 Rescues 2009 Rescues 2008 Rescues City of San Diego 5,333 4,417 4,666 5,611
Drowning Deaths (Unguarded)Agency 2011 Drowning Deaths 2010 Drowning Deaths 2009 Drowning Deaths 2008 Drowning Deaths City of San Diego 8 7 1 2
–U.S. Lifesaving Association data
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