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Fewer lifeguards at Connecticut parks as fall approaches

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Hammonasset Beach State Park. (WFSB photo) Hammonasset Beach State Park. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Connecticut officials are advising visitors to state parks that there will be a smaller number of lifeguards on duty as the end of summer approaches.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says many lifeguards leave their positions this time of year to return to school.

"With the last summer days of swimming fast approaching, the DEEP encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and use sound judgment when swimming at Connecticut's state park beaches," said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. "With a reduced number of lifeguards on duty as the summer winds down, remember to stay within designated swimming areas, parents watch your children, and don't drink alcohol then swim." 

Most of the state park swimming areas will be unguarded during the week, now through Labor Day.

Lifeguards will be on duty at Hammonasset Beach State Park and Squantz Pond State Park this weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Officials say swimming areas will be guarded wherever possible through Labor Day weekend.

But most of the state park swimming areas will not be attended by lifeguards on weekdays between now and Labor Day on Sept. 7.

During the summer season, DEEP maintains lifeguards at the following eight state park designated swimming areas:

  •      Hammonasset Beach- Madison
  •      Rocky Neck - East Lyme
  •      Sherwood Island - Westport
  •      Silver Sands - Milford
  •      Black Rock - Watertown
  •      Burr Pond - Torrington
  •      Indian Well - Shelton
  •      Squantz Pond - New Fairfield

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