ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Rip currents and large waves have led to dozens of rescues in Southern California beaches, and the danger will remain for the next few days.

Southern California lifeguards rescued several oceangoers over the weekend who were struggling to swim and surf in the high, choppy waters.

Lifeguards warned swimmers and surfers about strong and unpredictable rip currents forming and made more dangerous by the high surf.

Rip currents are a concern for every lifeguard along the Southern California coastline. The United States Lifesaving Association says more than 82 percent of rescues are related to rip currents.