Today in Malibu, at an empty Surfrider Beach, lifeguards worked with local authorities to enforce the Los Angeles County beach closure ordinance amid a statewide stay-at-home order, as an adult male on a Stand-Up Paddleboard allegedly refused to exit the water.
At a deserted First Point, deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station were flagged down by lifeguards after the SUP'er disobeyed their orders to exit the water according to a post on Facebook.
The suspect allegedly remained in the water for approximately 30 minutes until a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department boat was brought in from the Marina Del Rey station, approximately 15 miles to the south.
When the Sheriff's boat arrived on the scene, the SUP pilot headed in and was met by the authorities. He was then arrested for allegedly disobeying a lifeguard, a violation of Los Angeles County Code 17.12.115 which states:
"It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with any order, signal, or direction of the Director, Fire Chief, ocean lifeguard, or code enforcement officer who is seeking to enforce any applicable provision of this code or any other applicable law in the course of his/her duties pertaining to any activity or conduct on the beach."
The suspect was then transported to the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station where he was booked and released on a promise to appear.
Officials did not release any identifying information on the man. He could face a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, or both.