One person was killed and three others were injured after they were swept by a wave off a Los Angeles County jetty as high surf pounded the California coast.
Redondo Beach firefighters responded late Wednesday after witnesses reported people in the water calling for help at King Harbor.
KNBC-TV reports rescuers pulled two men and two women from the waves at the base of the jetty. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. The three others were hospitalized in serious condition.
“The tragedy last night I think is a reminder to all of us that Mother Nature and the large surf can lead to, if you're on those rocks, people getting swept off,” Kenichi Haskett, ocean lifeguard captain with L.A. County Fire, told KPCC.
A high surf advisory warning of dangerous waves and strong rip currents was issued Wednesday and is in effect through Thursday night.
Haskett said that it is important for the public to stay on dry sand if they are at the beach, stay off the piers and listen to the lifeguards on duty. He also said that water temperatures are measuring in the low 60s, which is warmer than usual for this time of year.
“We ask that people please stay out of the water until the swell dies down,” Haskett said.
Waves from 8 feet to 12 feet are predicted from Los Angeles to San Diego.
The cause is a large swell generated by a storm off Northern California.
Authorities say swimmers should watch the waves before entering the water or ask lifeguards for advice.
Meanwhile Southern California's winter heat wave continues due to a high pressure ridge. Downtown Los Angeles hit 85 degrees on Wednesday.
This story has been updated.