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Labor Day Weekend Safety Warnings for Beach Goers

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Thousands of people will head to the beach this Labor Day weekend.

For the Coast Guard and lifeguards that means an increase in beach rescues.

That is why they are urging people to be cautious.

From rip currents to boat safety and swim safety experts are asking beach goers to be aware of their surroundings.

DEEP sent out a press release saying there will be fewer lifeguards on duty at state parks this weekend. That is because many lifeguards have left their job to go back to school.

Unguarded parks include:

Burr Pond State Park in Torrington

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown

Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford

Shorelines that will have some unguarded sections include:

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison--Megs Point, Middle and East Beaches won't have lifeguards but West Beach will.

Sherwood Island State Park in Westport--West Beach won't have lifeguards but East Beach will.

After Labor Day there won't be any lifeguards at any state swimming areas.

Signs will be posted in areas that are not covered by a lifeguard.

Beach goers are also urged to be aware of rip currents.

Our affiliate WPRI in Rhode Island reports that lifeguards at Misquamicut Beach each made dozens of rescues earlier this week.

Part of the reason is because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal. Beach goers may see stronger than normal rip currents this weekend.

If you do find yourself in a rip current experts say don't fight it.

They also say to swim parallel to the coast until you're out of the current and either swim to shore or wave for help.

If you find yourself on a boat this weekend be sure to check weather and surf conditions before you venture out. The Coast Guard is warning boaters that conditions may be a little rough because of unsettled sea conditions left in the wake of Hurricane Cristobal.

Many agencies will be out all weekend conducting safety checks and watching for people boating while intoxicated.

Related story:

http://foxct.com/2014/08/29/state-police-cracking-down-on-road-safety-for-holiday-weekend

 

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