City Administrators Weekly Report

June 3rd, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Huntington Beach City School District 2nd Annual Student Art Exhibition

Elementary and middle school students will exhibit their artwork in three galleries at the Huntington Beach Art Center from May 30 through June 5.  The exhibition will include visual art in a variety of media.  The Art Center is located at 538 Main Street and is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; and closed Monday and Tuesday.  Admission is free to the public.  For more information, call (714) 374-1650.

Summer Swim Program

The City of Huntington Beach is pleased to offer a complete summer swim program again this year.  Our program is designed to meet a variety of swimming needs.  Whether it is learning new swimming techniques or recreational enjoyment of the water, we have something for everyone.  Our swim instructors are well trained and enthusiastic.  The swim courses follow the American Red Cross standards.  Classes are offered to ages ranging from six months through adult, and they teach skills all the way from water adjustment through lifeguarding techniques.  In addition to offering classes at the City Gym and Pool, we will also be offering classes at Edison and Huntington High School pools.  Anyone interested in classes at Edison High may register at Edison Community Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on June 14 and 21 from 1 - 4 p.m.  For classes offered at Huntington High, registration will take place at the City Gym and Pool on June 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on June 14 and 21 from 1 - 4 p.m.  After June 23, registration will be taken at the pool sites.  Registration for City Gym and Pool classes are currently being offered by mail, with walk-in registration beginning on June 17 at 9 a.m.

Marine Safety

On 5/22, Lifeguard III Carlos Glines responded to a 21-foot vessel whose anchor line and chain had become fouled in the propeller off the Bolsa Chica State Beach jetty.  Observing the vessel to be in imminent danger of entering the surfline, he immediately grabbed his rescue paddle board and responded to the vessel.  As he approached the vessel, it entered the surfline.  He contacted the four passengers on board and instructed them to put on their life jackets and safely jump off the vessel.  Three of the passengers jumped off the vessel with life jackets; however, the fourth passenger jumped off fully clothed with no life jacket.  This passenger was rescued and was floated in on a paddle board.  The vessel was then hit by a wave and capsized.  State Beach lifeguards, City lifeguard rescue watercraft, and Orange County Harbor Patrol personnel arrived on scene and assisted with the three other passengers.

On 5/31, Marine Safety staff spotted a 35-foot vessel adrift off of Huntington State Park Tower #14.  Staff responded onto the State Beach to assist State lifeguards in rescuing eight passengers from the boat in the surfline.

Also on 5/31, a 40-year-old mother was at the City Beach with her two sons when a wave knocked her down and caused her to hit her head on the ocean bottom.  The woman walked out of the water, and a Marine Safety Officer treated her for a cervical injury.  Lifeguards provided the mother with full spinal immobilization and requested paramedic assistance.  She did not wish to go to the hospital, but staff convinced her that it was in her best interest to go to Hoag Memorial Hospital.  The following evening, the woman called to thank the lifeguards for their outstanding service.  She had fractured her 5th cervical vertebrae and ruptured her 6th and 7th cervical vertebrae.  As a result, she had neck surgery but was still experiencing complete numbness in her left arm.

 

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