Shark sightings on Long Island: Hempstead reopens beaches, Long Beach closes beaches indefinitely

David Caplan
July 27, 2020 - 1:08 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Beachgoers in Hempstead on Long Island got the go-ahead Monday afternoon to return to the water -- albeit knee-deep -- after there were two shark sightings earlier in the day.  But beaches in Long Beach have been closed indefinitely.

Officials described the first shark as "significant" in size.

"*Beach Update* Beachgoers are now permitted to enter the water up to their knees at Town of Hempstead beaches that experienced swimming restrictions due to earlier shark sightings: Civic Beach, Lido Beach, Lido West Beach, Town Park Point Lookout and Town Park at Sands," the Town of Hempstead tweeted at 4:54 p.m.

About an hour-and-a-half earlier, officials announced the second shark sighing of the day had occured.

"A second shark has been spotted in the water near Town of Hempstead beaches," read a message from the town. "Lifeguards have red-flagged the strip of water as per the NYS shark protocols. Due to this second sighting, swimming remains prohibited at certain Town of Hempstead beaches: Civic Beach, Lido Beach, Lido West Beach, Town Park Point Lookout and Town Park at Sands. Lifeguards will continue to monitor the situation and determine when it is once again safe for swimming to resume."

 

The drama kicked off around 11:30 a.m., when the town posted to its social media accounts, "A significant size shark was spotted offshore of Lido West Beach. The shark was spotted by a Town of Hempstead lifeguard on a surfboard. Due to the shark sighting, the lifeguards have red-flagged the strip of water as per the NYS shark protocols. Town of Hempstead Bay Constables have been dispatched to assist with the search."

The statement continued, "At this time, swimming is prohibited until 1pm at Civic Beach, Lido Beach, Lido West Beach, Town Park Point Lookout and Town Park at Sands. Lifeguards will continue to monitor the situation and determine when it is safe for swimming to resume."