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Warm water and wildlife luring in weak swimmers

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The body of a man who disappeared while playing in the surf with his brother at a Carlsbad Beach Wednesday night was pulled from the water in Oceanside Thursday morning. Neither brother knew how to swim.

Eleven hours after disappearing from Carlsbad State Beach, the body of 21-year-old David Valesco is found about two miles north near the shores of Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside.

State park rangers says the beach was steep. The National Weather Service issued a rip current alert from a recent south swell making it very dangerous for swimmers. Ninety percent of rescues are from rip currents.

"The water temperature is remarkably warm, so it's very alluring to all," San Diego Lifeguard Lt. John Sandmeyer said.

Along with that allure of the warm water, swimming with the rare school of anchovies is putting inexperienced swimmers at risk.

"When you do get out there it can be the most relaxing thing. You can catch some waves -- that's the enjoyable part, but you have to make sure you are up to the task," Sandmeyer said.

In June, a 17-year-old and his 38-year-old uncle from Guatemala drowned at Moonlight Beach. Later that month, another man nearly drowned in Mission Beach.

"I did go in a little bit. It does feel like it's pulling you in. It's pretty strong," beachgoer Waldo Barrera said.

Barrera and his family are from Yuma, and they know the ocean is a much different body of water.

"They know how to swim in the pool, but out here it's way different because out here you have the ocean pulling you in. And when the ocean pulls you in, there is no coming back," he said.

You also have to be careful with kelp. A junior lifeguard in training rescued a little boy on the Fourth of July at Windansea who'd been tangled in kelp. Over the holiday weekend, San Diego lifeguards made 48 water rescues.

Lifeguards say if you don't see waves that means the water is deeper than you think. Also, if you are stuck in a rip current they recommend you let it take you for a bit rather than fight it or swim to the side.

It's believed Valesco drowned about 45 minutes after lifeguards left for the night. They close the towers at sunset.

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