Officials: Swim without a lifeguard, expect a summons

Police will begin issuing summonses to beachgoers who don't heed warnings not to swim without a lifeguard on duty in Long Beach.

Authorities say the crackdown is in response to four recent drownings, including 12-year-old Nicole Suriel, who died Tuesday while on a school trip.

Officials say swimmers will be given warnings to get out of the water if rip currents are strong and lifeguards are absent. If the swimmers disobey the warnings, police say they will receive tickets.

Lifeguards will start staffing beaches on weekdays beginning next week.

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