- Associated Press
Monday, July 27, 2020

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Swimming was banned at several Long Island beaches on Monday after a lifeguard reported seeing a large shark.

The “significant size” shark was spotted by a Town of Hempstead lifeguard on a surfboard, town officials said in a tweet. Swimming was suspended at several beaches along Long Island’s south shore as a precaution.

Town of Hempstead bay constables were assisting with the search for the shark.

Town spokesman Michael Caputo said officials hope the beaches can reopen at some point Monday afternoon.

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