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Paddleboarder Arrested at Malibu Pier for Failing to Observe Social Distancing in the Ocean

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A paddleboarder was arrested in Malibu Thursday after ignoring lifeguards' orders to get out of the ocean amid social distancing rules, reports KTLA 5.

The lifeguards flagged down deputies for assistance, but the man ultimately chose to stay in the water alongside the Malibu Pier for about 30 to 40 minutes, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.

Deputies summoned their patrol boat from Marina Del Rey, and the man swam to shore once it arrived, officials said.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of disobeying a lifeguard and violating Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay at home order, a misdemeanor.

He was booked at the sheriff's station in Calabasas before being released with a notice to appear in court, deputies said.

He could face a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, or both.