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Venice Beach swimmer dies; hazardous conditions forecast for Labor Day weekend

Venice Beach swimmer dies; hazardous conditions forecast for Labor Day weekend

Los Angeles County firefighters are warning holiday weekend beachgoers to be cautious after the death of a swimmer who got caught in a rip current at Venice Beach. The man and two other people were swimming near Avenue 19 in Venice about 6:15 p.m. Thursday when they began struggling in the current, according to Lidia Barillas, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division. The trio were swimming about 200 yards from shore. As lifeguards swam out, Barillas said, a lifeguard captain on shore saw the man disappear under the waves. The two other swimmers were brought safely to shore, Barillas said, and rescue divers, lifeguard boats and an L.A. County Fire...

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