8 Long Island Beaches Closed After Medical Waste Washes Ashore

ATLANTIC BEACH, NY (WCBS 880) — Lifeguards are on the lookout for medical waste at eight Long Island beaches.

The eight beaches in Atlantic Beach had to be shut down Friday and could be closed again after dozens of needles, syringes, pill bottles and other medical waste washed ashore.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Lifeguard Knoll Kennedy put on protective gear to clean up the mess.

“I have no idea where it came from,” said Kennedy. “I am guessing from ships dumping the waste or from a lot of the rain we have been having recently, it probably washed in.”

Kennedy also said two years ago, he had to go to the doctor after he stepped on a needle.

Another beach employee, Ryan Surkes, said it was just plan scary to see.

“It was really disgusting,” said Surkes “I didn’t want to go in the water.”


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  • angel @ beach resorts

    staffs are kind. keep up the good work!

  • laura

    what do you mean, “ships dumping the waste?” Is medical waste really dumped into the ocean?? That is sooooo disgusting and illegal if true.

  • Larry

    Long island should just be cut off at the nassau /queens border and pushed out to sea…take your amy fishers, your turkey throwing lowlifes, your MS-13 gang members and your polluted drinking water away fromt he country and stop being the dregde of American society that you are….

    take the hypocritical Leftists Tim Bishop and stev levy with you also….

    • Jerry

      somebody got a bad batch of angel dust?

  • Sophia Cantspell

    “Another beach employee, Ryan Surkes, said it was just plan scary to see.” How bad can you writers be?

  • victor

    welcome to the MEXICAN RIVERA,,,,

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