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The San Diego lifeguard statue in Ocean Beach, dedicated in a ceremony last week (May 23), has been vandalized. Last night, May 30, someone painted portions of the statue in three different colors.

In a phone conversation with lifeguard lieutenant Nick Lerma, he stated, "I think this is so thoughtless and disrespectful to the 11 men that lost their lives here in 1918 when they all drowned. But I doubt the vandals gave any of that much thought at all."

Denny Knox of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association said, "I really hope this wasn't a local that did this. That is so sad to think about."

Knox had no details about the crime. She heard that Park and Recreation came out and cleaned what seems to be water soluble paint off of the statue. I watched another lifeguard hose off the remnants of it when I was there this morning.

The defacement of the statue is reminiscent of the periodic abuse experienced by the “Cardiff Kook,” a statue erected in Encinitas in 2007. It has been repeatedly vandalized, but only in comical fashion with clothes and other props that can be easily removed.

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tomjohnston May 31, 2013 @ 8:24 p.m.

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Ken Harrison June 1, 2013 @ 3:48 a.m.

The Cardiff Kook was never vandalized like this. It was always just dressed up and minor damage inadvertently caused, which was fixable. Pouring paint over OB Barney was just stupid. The photo looks likes maybe the perps were trying to make him a blond?


obcean June 3, 2013 @ 5:03 p.m.

"water-soluable paint" it said the article if you missed it .....whoop-dee-doo...don't get your panties in a twist!


SaneVoice June 3, 2013 @ 10:37 p.m.

Apparently you missed it too. And that's besides not being able to spell a word printed right in front of you. "water soluble". Maybe if you did some research, you'd see other news sites with photos of the discoloration and damage to it. Not to mention you totally miss the aspect that the lifeguard in the article brought out that it's disrespectful to those it memorializes. Since it's no whoop-dee-doo, maybe you could tell me where one of your loved ones is buried so I can just go paint on their headstone.


obcean June 4, 2013 @ 10:17 a.m.

I missed the part where the statue is supposed to be a headstone of a grave rather than a piece of community art as you make it out to be. If it's so sacred why was it placed where dogs can easily pee on it, let alone where street artist can tag?

"maybe you should tell me where your loved ones is buried"---- Did you flunk 3rd grade English?


SaneVoice June 4, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

It's not just a piece of community art, you dolt. It's a memorial to honor the lifeguards and the people they tried to save back in 1918 which happened right near the spot where the statue was placed. But let's ignore that and follow your rationale. In your mind, it's "community art" so anyone can just go and finger paint it then, right ? That would mean other memorials such as headstones are also "community art". Sorry, twit, but in the real world, that's called vandalism.

And I passed 3rd grade English. The "Is" refers to the word "one" which you omitted. Do OB a favor and move because you're not a true obcean, you could care less what criminals do to your town. The way you defend this crime, it seems you're probably the one that did it.


obcean June 4, 2013 @ 12:03 p.m.

Name calling and telling others to get out hmmmm. Obviously, you're one of those retarded, tough guy Cliffs locals who owns every wave from the Jetty to the Lighthouse.



SaneVoice June 4, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

No, I'm just someone who cares about the neighborhood I call home. Someone who's willing to stand up for it and not let deviants come and do as they please, disrespecting the neighborhood. Quite frankly, I'm tired of having to clean up the Cliffs, the beach and other areas of OB when these type of "pranksters" trash the place because they think they have the right to do so. Adopting a laissez-faire attitude towards it doesn't solve the problem.


Mercy Baron Aug. 6, 2013 @ 6:23 p.m.

Why don't y'all just come out when CSI OB (Clean Streets Initiative) cleans up graffiti and weeds and picks up trash off the beaches instead of just griping? They're part of the OB Crime Watch group and they have a Facebook page here. Action speaks louder......



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