POMPANO BEACH (CBS4) – Hundreds of lifeguards and beachgoers had to scramble for safety as a waterspout moved onshore at Pompano Beach.

More than 400 lifeguards were attending the U.S. Life Saving Association Southeast Regional Surf Lifesaving Championships when it occurred Friday afternoon just before 4 p.m.

Tents and umbrellas were sent flying as people ran from the funnel.

Three people had minor injuries from flying debris according to fire rescue officials.

Gerry Falconer is the president of the U.S. Lifesaving Association and saw the waterspout come onto the beach.

“If you’re going to be involved in a situation at the beach, it’s always nice to have a couple hundred lifeguards from all over the state of Florida showing off their skills and ability and obviously they were right there to make sure everybody was safe.”


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