Last few weekends for lifeguards at state park beaches

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HARTFORD — Connecticut officials will be reducing the number of lifeguards on patrol as we begin our final approach towards the fall season.

According to the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,  lifeguards are expected at Hammonasset Beach, Squantz Pond and Rocky Neck State Parks through the final two weekends of August.

Labor Day weekend will be the last for guarded beaches this season, with lifeguards scheduled at Indian Well State Park and Silver Sands State Park, as well as Hammonasset Beach, Squantz Pond and Rocky Neck.

Most state park swimming areas will go without weekday lifeguard protection between mid-August and Labor Day, so beach-goers are advised to take extra steps for personal safety. Beaches will have signs posted in their respective swim areas to indicate unguarded waters.

In addition, DEEP officials are issuing reminders for visitors to swim within the markers, keep a close eye on children and to avoid alcohol while in the water.

There will be no further lifeguard coverage at any of Connecticut’s designated state park swimming areas after Labor Day, Monday, September 5.