High waves and a strong surge over the weekend resulted in a number of rescues in Laguna Beach, including one fisherman who nearly drowned after he was swept off of rocks at Crescent Bay beach Feb. 24.
The waves were so strong they were reported breaking over the parking lot at Aliso Beach at 9:50 that night.
The fisherman, a 54-year-old Arizona man, was pulled several hundred yards out to sea at 4:42 p.m. and was rescued by two body-boarders from Murrietta, according to police records.
Mike Johns, 18, and Michael McLaughlin, 23, risked their lives to pull the man from a rip current, after which paramedics from Laguna Beach treated him. The fisherman was taken to South Coast Medical Center for further treatment.