"San Diego offers an example of how lifeguard pensions gradually rose. In 1918, the city became the first in the state to hire full-time lifeguards to patrol its beaches after 13 people drowned in one day in riptides off Ocean Beach. The guards were initially part of the Police Department, and the chief lifeguard wore a police badge on his swimsuit."
So, let's see. There were 13 people who died at a single San Diego beach on a single day back when there were no lifeguards, and 25 such deaths in the whole country in an entire year after there were.Ha ha! Funny stuff, watchdogs. (By the way, those of you who are trivializing lifeguards -- keep an extra close eye on your kids, because if you have your way, you'll be on your own.)