NEW YORK (77 WABC) — A pair of beaches in the Town of Hempstead put up the red flag after local fishermen caught a shark. East Atlantic Beach and Atlantic Beach Estates offered the warning to swimmers Sunday afternoon.
That caused Nassau County Executive Laura Curran to only permit waist-deep swimming at nearby Nickerson Beach.
In recent weeks, the Town had several shark sightings, including in Lido Beach and Long Beach, banning swimming sporadically, while also using “Shark Patrols” by air and sea to canvass for the deadly fish.
Beach Update (8/9 at 12:15 p.m.): East Atlantic Beach and Atlantic Beach Estates are redflagged due to a shark catch by local fishermen.
— Town of Hempstead (@HempsteadTown) August 9, 2020
UPDATE 🦈: Nickerson Beach is currently waist deep swimming only due to a shark sighting at nearby Atlantic Beach.
— Laura Curran (@NassauExecutive) August 9, 2020