San Diego junior lifeguards raise money for the Prevent Drowning Foundation with Ocean Beach Pier jump

OCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – Hundreds of children and adults jumped off the Ocean Beach pier as part of an annual fundraising event.

It’s the only time the public is ever allowed to jump off the pier. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez has the details.

Emotions ran high as there were hundreds of San Diego Junior Lifeguards who jumped off the iconic Ocean Beach pier Monday.

The public was also given the opportunity to jump, if they donated at least $100 to the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.

“We are a local nonprofit trying to help local kids learn how to swim in local pools. This is what San Diego County should be doing,” said Buc Buchanan, President, Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.

A group of sisters decided to use the pier jump opportunity as a way to celebrate one of their birthdays.

Happy birthday to Ms. Joanna!

For many of the kids and the adults, it wasn’t the nearly 20-foot jump that was the most nerve-wracking. It was the thought of swimming back to the shore once they hit the water they have to swim out to the buoy then to the shore and that’s approximately 700 meters.

In the end, the junior lifeguards say they’ve gained a lot and are most proud of completing the program.

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