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Busy day for L.A. County lifeguards results in rescues of triathlon athletes, boats

October 4, 2009 |  5:46 pm

Gale force winds of 30 to 35 mph today caused problems for boaters off Dockweiler Beach and in other parts of the Santa Monica Bay, authorities said.

Ten boats were rescued by lifeguards from the Los Angeles County Fire Department for issues ranging from capsizing to becoming separated from their docks and starting to float out to sea, said Inspector Frederic Stowers.

Stowers said some people aboard the boats sustained minor injuries, though he did not have specific details. There was roughly $500,000 in total damage to the crafts, he said. One of the boats used by lifeguards to rescue the other crafts also sustained minor damage, Stowers said.

Lifeguards also helped rescue dozens of participants in the L.A. Triathlon, which took place today, Stowers said.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz