WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A day at the beach cut short for many beach-goers in West Haven. City officials say at around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon they received reports of a large dark area in the water moving toward land.
“That kind of scares me. I was here earlier and they weren’t here so that’s why I was shocked when I came over and saw it,” said West Haven resident Jennifer Slater.
Slater said she had been swimming with her daughter before the warnings came out.
“The water was murky just because it was low tide I figured. But, I didn’t see any black stuff or anything like that,” said Slater.
Officials say they think it might be black algae. The mile-wide affected area closed the water from Oak Street down to Bradley Point. Samples were quickly collected and sent for testing. Signs were posted warning swimmers to stay out of the water. The water will remained closed to swimmers until the tests come back with definitive answers.
For the most part people heeded the warnings. Kathleen Fisher moved her beach chair into a shady spot on the boardwalk.
“I was hoping to go swimming and I saw the sign no swimming and I said what? I was very disappointed to see that. I came all the way from Suffield, thought I’d have a great beach day and just not happening,” said Fisher.
Tyekqua Nesbitt and her family didn’t see the signs and were in the water just after 5:00.
“There should be a sign right before you get in the water cause I didn’t see a sign that we passed,” said Nesbitt.
DEEP has been alerted to the situation. City officials say they hope to have the test results back Thursday morning.