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According to an eyewitness named Andrew, he and his girlfriend were sitting on the sand at the end of Newport Avenue at around 11 p.m. on August 25 when a young man jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier. Someone called it in, and within minutes there was a helicopter flying over with a searchlight and several police cars on the scene.

The man swam to shore, obviously unhurt and seemingly intoxicated, but was only given a ticket by police officers. Andrew said he talked to the jumper, and both were surprised he was not arrested.

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Gail Powell Aug. 28, 2012 @ 12:06 p.m.

He should just say that he is a Junior Lifeguard practicing for their big pier jump in the dark.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 28, 2012 @ 12:22 p.m.

WHY would they arrest someone?? When a ticket will do?? The booking process takes up to 48 hours at County, and costs thousands of dollars, no need to book anyone on this nonsense. Just make him pay the costs for everythinbg when he pleads outs


Squonkins Oct. 8, 2012 @ 11:35 p.m.

SurfPuppy, the reason they would arrest him is that it would create a deterrent effect. Numerous people have died after jumping off the pier. If it becomes known that all you will get is a ticket if you are caught, then it becomes more likely that future people will jump, and therefore more likely that future people will die. As I am sure you can imagine, the costs of booking an arrestee are nothing compared to the costs of handling a drowning.


tomjohnston Oct. 9, 2012 @ 9:20 a.m.

Virtually no one arrest pier or bridge jumpers. Most of the time, it's the LG's and they might or might not give out a citation; just depends on your attitude. I don't know bout SD, but LA and OC cops don't want the bother of hooking someone up, unless they are intoxicated or obviously a danger to themselves. I did read a couple of summers ago that some guy got hit with a $500 fine, but I think he was a serial jumper. Over the years, I've seen a lot of guys jump off Huntington with their boards, just to take a short cut to get outside. Usually the LG's will just wait for them to come in and give them a warning and unless they do it again, they're fine.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m.

Very FEW cops anywhere in CA arrest and book someone on a misdemeanor charge. Obvious exceptions are alcohol and drugs b/c of liability to themselves or others, otherwise it's a citation to appear release.

Do the LG have authority to write a misdemeanor citation????


tomjohnston Oct. 9, 2012 @ 2:57 p.m.

L.A. county lifeguards, yes they do. They can issue citations and make arrests. OC, I don't know, some are city, some are county, and at HB state beach they are the State Parks Lifeguard Service.. According to the SD city website, " In 1952, the Municipal Code made it unlawful to refuse to follow or comply with any lawful order, signal, or other direction of a lifeguard. In 1972, a Municipal Code section was added to give lifeguards the specific title of public officer; with the right to arrest for misdemeanors and infractions. This also gave lifeguards the right to release those arrested on their written promise to appear in court at a future time. In other words, lifeguards were given the right to issue citations. In the same year, lifeguards assigned to harbor patrol functions were designated as harbor police, which eventually made these lifeguards peace officers."


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:28 p.m.

"In the same year, lifeguards assigned to harbor patrol functions were designated as harbor police, which eventually made these lifeguards peace officers." A few years back SD life guards wanted full Peace Officer powers. They didn't get it. I don't see how a life guard can legally be given full Peace Officer status under Penal Code without full academy training. I couldn't find anything under PC 830 et seq. but that may not be the final word. Every person in CA can make a private person arrest in CA, but does a LG get more than that??? As I recall the argument that they could make an arrest as a private party was why they were getting blow back on full Peace Office status.

But if they are writing citations for court they have something.


clockerbob Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:03 p.m.


Ocean Beach is just a drive by for commercial airlines and the San Diego police.

Baghdad car patrol.

The cops don't even stop to eat in OB. Coffee and donuts while steering and peering at the freaks. "Taxi driver" in black and whites.. No visual police street presents in OB, except, perhaps presents for that same group of “taxi drivers" constantly congregating outside two local stores laden with bottled beer and liquor for sale.

Street present are the crusty winos. Cardboard mats, cardboard colored beer bags, cardboard colored clothing, cardboard colored hair, skin, sand and lovers. Fashion by ‘ beersun&wind’. Toothless mouths squirt saliva and alcoholic juiced slang when probing for spare change and romance.

The OB library always has more people working behind the counter then public available 1hr computers.

Two bus lines the #35 and

923 with brake happy chauffeurs tram the noisy sailors, reading students, silent workers, seniors with their bus pass hanging around their neck and smelly circus freaks in and out of town.

The corner of Cable and Newport Ave looks like the greyhounded public transit center of OB.

Peoples market is the spiritual center of OB. The juice there is a $1 cup of organic COFFEE made with filtered water, sweetened with amber avocado honey and chalky soymilk.

The pier is the wild habitat center of OB. Pelicans perching on the railings for discarded fish heads, whales and dolphins for sightings and the surfers tubing through the pier’s concrete pilings for danger.

There are more liquor stores owned by Arabs in Ocean Beach then African Americans.

The lone New York Jewish woman rides her 1958 bike with big tires around town, the fenders rattle.

The gentile women have trucks or SUVs, arms tattooed from wrist to shoulder, wear flip-flops, wool caps and totes big dogs on chains. If as you kneel and pet; the dog sniffs and likes you, well the gentile ladies pick out and buy themselves flowers at OB's farmer market every Wednesday.

The gods blessed Ocean Beach with good air quality, a Mediterranean climate, a wicked riptide and no senior center.

The beach has more trash left on it then any in the states. If the Surfrider’s foundation didn't volunteer to clean up the beach the morning after July 4th Ocean Beach would be closed. Yet, millions are spent by the city on earthmovers shifting piles of seaweed and sand around the beach. Disrupting the morning calm while eschewing the trash bobbing on the edge of our world.


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