LI town temporarily closes beaches following another shark sighting

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A general view of an empty beach on March 16, 2020 in Lido Beach, New York. Photo credit Al Bello/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Town of Hempstead briefly closed its beaches to swimming Wednesday afternoon following yet another shark sighting in the waters off Long Island.

"Due to a recent shark sighting off Atlantic Beach, the Town of Hempstead is prohibiting beachgoers from swimming/bathing in the ocean at township operated beaches," the town tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin says lifeguards spotted "numerous" blacktip reef sharks jumping out of the water – with sightings at Lido Beach, Jones Beach and Long Beach – prompting the closures.

The beaches remained closed for swimming for several hours, until reopening again at 3:30 p.m. after the Shark Patrol Lifeguard Team scanned the area and confirmed there were no sharks in the water.

During a press conference, Clavin said he did not know the last time the area had seen such sharks and suspected that hurricane season may have led to the sighting of the "Caribbean" sharks.

Officials note that the town’s Shark Patrol will continue to monitor the area on jet skies and row boats.

The closure comes after a shark sighting off of Jones Beach caused swimming to be suspended Tuesday.

A lifeguard also claimed they were bitten by a shark near Jones Beach’s Central Mall on Monday.​​​