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Petitioning Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Chris Lehnertz and 1 other

Add lifeguards, improve safety at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

In the past four months four people have died due to currents and rips at Ocean Beach including two teenage boys who were swept out to sea in April.

The few safety resources that are in place have proven themselves ineffective: Signage, warning people of rips, go unnoticed; and the single lifeguard truck that occasionally patrols can’t possibly be at the right place at the right time. Safety improvements are long overdue and it’s no longer acceptable for the City of San Francisco or the GGNRA to ignore these tragedies, or claim, as they do, that lifeguards would “encourage people to get into that water.”

The vast majority of these tragedies occur in a very small area, in the less than a mile of coastline bounded by Kelly’s Cove to the north and Lincoln Ave to the south which includes significant parking and visitor accommodations (Golden Gate Park, Beach Chalet, and Cliff House). Safety improvements including more visible signage, other education resources (maybe visitor guides providing warnings at beach entrances) and most importantly permanent lifeguards in lookout towers (at least staffed on particularly popular or dangerous days) could significantly reduce the number of deaths that occur every year.

It’s time for San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Chris Lehnertz to make significant safety improvements at Ocean Beach, including increasing lifeguard staffing and facilities.

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  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent
    Chris Lehnertz
  • San Francisco Fire Chief
    Joanne Hayes-White


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