Lifeguards report for duty in Long Beach

Following two drownings and several close calls, Long Beach lifeguards began working full time today, marking the official start of the beach season.

This comes on the heels of a near tragedy that happened early this morning. Police say a man from California went into the water at 1 a.m. and started drowning. Officers who were patrolling the area heard his cries and rescued him.

However, a 12-year-old girl on a school trip Tuesday wasn't so lucky when she went for a swim without lifeguards on duty and drowned.

Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan says it's impossible to staff the five miles of beach with lifeguards full time before school is out because many of the lifeguards are teachers.

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