Reason: Debris, including a syringe, was launched on the shore.
People in Ocean Beach, New Jersey returned to the water after being told no on Wednesday.
“There was a lot of trash in the water, and there’s something you don’t usually see,” said Vince Dillman of Denville, New Jersey.
Authorities say household diabetes-type syringes have been washed away on several beaches, forcing a decision to close them.
“The lifeguards were saying they wouldn’t approach. We took a quick look and saw the debris,” said Kyle Porcelli of Caldwell, NJ.
“When I was sitting on the stand, I saw only rappers and trash that I didn’t want to throw into the ocean,” said lifeguard Robert Rigi.
The local government has been informed to begin the cleanup work.
A similar incident occurred earlier this week at the coast of Monmouth County, officials say.
Shawn La Tourette, a New Jersey Environmental Commissioner, states that these household syringes often flow into the sewer when people flush them down the toilet.
When there is heavy rainfall, the combined sewers can overflow and send debris to the channels.
“When people are flushing the toilets, they end up at the Port Authority of New York and New York, and then out into the ocean, the wind pushes them to the beach,” La Tourette said.
He also says that there is often a misconception that syringes are the result of illegal dumping.
Authorities say it’s unclear whether the debris came from New York or New Jersey, but New Jersey sewer drains require protective nets at both ends.
“In New Jersey, we always need that net,” says La Tourette. “The net should catch larger floats, so we will investigate if the net has failed.”
You can use the NJ DEP WARN app to report the dangers you see on the beach.
If you see the syringe washed away, Lifeguard says you will tell the syringe immediately so that you can notify the appropriate authorities.
Sea and beach conditions are updated daily by DEP and posted at: www.NJBeaches.org..
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