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Marine Safety Files

911 call for female scuba diver at Shaw’s Cove

On Monday, Nov 11, at 8:07 a.m., at the 1000 block of Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach Lifeguards responded to a 911 call for a scuba diver rescue at Shaw’s Cove Beach.

According to Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond, “On scene lifeguards found a scuba diver who had been pulled out of the water by her peers. She was conscious and breathing. Lifeguards provided basic life support to the female patient and paramedics arrived on scene and provided advanced life support.”

Capt Bond said, “The patient decided not to go to the hospital against medical advice. However, she was conscious and breathing.” 

Capt Bond said he wasn’t sure how the accident occurred. But he reiterated safety precautions that anyone who enters the water should know. 

“The safety message is when you enter the water to always understand your limitations and be aware of the current ocean conditions. You can always check in with our Marine Safety dispatch and our surf and weather reporting to get the most updated conditions for the beach and ocean.”

At the time of the incident, the surf was 2-3 feet and there was a south/southwest swell.

Regarding ocean conditions, Capt Bond said they’re ever changing. 

“Again, we recommend people know their limitations, know what the conditions are. It’s ideal to dive when there is little to no surf. With any type of swell or other ocean activity, it is going to make it more difficult to dive when the surf is bigger,” Capt Bond said.

“In fact, when the surf is large, we close diving, but diving was not closed that day,” Capt Bond said.

Police Files

Suspicious male reportedly harasses women on trail

On Sunday, Nov 10, at 6:19 p.m., at the 30800 block of South Coast Hwy, LBPD received, “a suspicious persons call near the walking trails by the Montage for a person acting strangely who appeared to be under the influence,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

According to police records, “females were walking along the trail and a male was following them. The male was [allegedly] asking for drugs.”

He was described as a white male in his 40s, “possibly wearing a mask and [allegedly] chasing the women with a hatchet.” 

Sgt Cota said, “Officers checked the area including Aliso Beach and [the suspect] was not located. No other calls were received.”

Locals flag down LBPD to rid graffiti

On Monday, Nov 11, at 8:37 a.m., an LBPD officer was flagged down in reference to a report of a vandalism incident in the 500 block of Cliff Drive. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The graffiti ‘BORO3’ was to be removed immediately. It was approximately four feet in length.”

Marine Safety Files Tagging

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Graffiti tagging on wall on Cliff Drive

Woman crashes into building, no injuries

On Tuesday, Nov 12, at 11:25 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a traffic collision at Berkshire Hathaway, at the 30812 block of South Coast Hwy. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers and LBFD arrived on scene and located an elderly female in the driver seat of a vehicle with front end damage, which was parked in front of the building. There was damage to one of the walls and windows. There were no injuries inside of the business and the elderly female driver was assessed by paramedics, but she declined transportation to the hospital.”

No collision report was taken based on lack of injuries and being on private property. Officers assisted with information exchange between all parties.


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