Lido Beach

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Long Island beaches reopen; Investigators trying to find source of medical waste

August 19, 2018 - 12:57 pm

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Beaches on Long Island have reopened but investigators are still looking into how dozens of needles and other medical waste ended up along the shore Friday night.

Officials at Lido Beach said on Sunday that the syringes and medical waste found between East Atlantic Beach and Lido Beach have been cleaned up.

“We’ve been combing the beaches with rakes and with vacuum trucks since 5 a.m. and we’re happy that no more medical waste has washed up,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillan. “Our beaches are clear of this debris.”

Gillian did advise beachgoers to be diligent and watch out for any leftover waste that may have been overlooked.

If any needles are discovered, people should make a lifeguard aware of its location so that it can properly be disposed of.

“It’s unusual that, of course, you get that stretch, five miles, and all of a sudden you get all these needles popping up,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.

He explained that investigators are working to locate the source of the waste.

“Some of the needles look like they could’ve been there 20, 30 years,” Ryder said.

A frequent surfer in the area said he was shocked to hear about the needles and said the worst thing he’s ever seen at the beach was an occasional shark.