Fewer lifeguards for Labor Day weekend

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. (WTNH / Ken Melech)
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. (WTNH / Ken Melech)

(WTNH) — A trip to the beach or state park is on the agenda for many folks this holiday weekend, but at some state swimming areas there won’t be any lifeguards.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says there will be no lifeguards at:

  • Burr Pond State Park in Torrington
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown
  • Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford
  • Meigs Point, Middle Beeach, and East Beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison
  • West Beach at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport

West Beach at Hammonasset and East Beach at Sherwood Island will have lifeguards. The changes are because many lifeguards leave this time of year to go back to school.

“With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, the DEEP encourages everyone to enjoy these last days of summer, but to use sound judgment when swimming at Connecticut’s state park beaches over the next few days and throughout the weekend,” DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen said in a statement. “With a reduced number of lifeguards on duty as the summer swimming season comes to an end, remember to stay within designated swimming areas, know your limits, and be aware of weather conditions.”

After the holiday weekend, there will be no lifeguards at any state park swimming areas.

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