Thousands flock to San Diego’s beaches each summer, but in recent years, lifeguards have been rescuing fewer and fewer swimmers. In this edition of San Diego Explained, we look at some of the biggest factors behind the trend.

San Diego Explained is a partnership between Voice of San Diego and NBC 7 San Diego. It airs every Wednesday during the 6 p.m. newscast.

To read more analysis of lifeguard rescues since the 1970s, click this link.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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