Hempstead Prohibits Swimming At Beaches After Another Shark Sighting

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August 01, 2020 - 2:29 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Swimming was prohibited at Town of Hempstead ocean beaches again Saturday after another shark sighting off Long Island.

Officials put out an update at 1:30 p.m. after a shark was spotted for the second day in a row.

“Due to a shark sighting by town lifeguards, all swimming is now prohibited at Town of Hempstead ocean beaches from Civic Beach to Lido West beach until further notice,” officials said.

In a statement, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin said lifeguards at Lido Beach Town Park “were sitting in the main chair when a large dark fin emerged from the water, seemingly going after prey,” around 1:15 p.m.

“A fin was spotted and a large splash was noticed,” Clavin said. “Some patrons in the water also noticed and began to run out of the water. The lifeguards immediately responded by ‘red flagging’ the waters and getting everyone out of the water.”

Shortly before 3 p.m., officials said swimmers could enter the water up to their knees. But swimming was prohibited again at 4:15 p.m. after Nassau Police spotted a shark.

Swimming was also banned at Hempstead ocean beaches Friday after the new “Shark Patrol” spotted a shark off Lido Beach.

A shark was also spotted at Tobay Beach in the Town of Oyster Bay on Thursday afternoon, prompting officials to temporarily restrict swimming.

There have been about a dozen sightings this week on Long Island. Jet skis and helicopters have been used to patrol the waters.

A college student reeled in a nearly 400-pound bull shark off the coast of Long Island last weekend.

And earlier this week, a New York City woman was killed by a shark in Maine.