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Several Ranchos Palos Verdes beaches closed due to high surf

File: Beachgoers walk past jellyfish.
File: Beachgoers walk past jellyfish.
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The City of Ranchos Palos Verdes closed off several beach areas Tuesday because of high surf. 

Portuguese Point, Sacred Cove and Inspiration Point will remain closed through Friday. These spots are right next to the area where an 18-year old swimmer died last month after he got swept away by strong currents. 

Joseph Sanchez had been cliff jumping with friends off Abalone Cove over the Fourth of July. Rescuers found his body a week later. That cove is still open Tuesday,, but that could change, says Los Angeles Fire Inspector Scott Miller. 

"The lifeguards will monitor the conditions and will ultimately recommend, if necessary, the closure of this beach as well, depending on the conditions and the crowds."

The Abalone Cove Safety Task Force will be out on patrol over the Labor Day weekend.  The task force was created following the death of Sanchez and several rescues in the area.