NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut is facing a lifeguard shortage just away from the official start of summer.
A spokesman with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) confirmed the shortage Tuesday to News 8’s Mario Boone.
According to DEEP, 70 lifeguards have already been hired. But up to 20 additional lifeguards still need to be hired. The biggest need is at state beaches like Silver Sands and Sherwood Island, among others.
If the shortage persists, some beaches could see no lifeguards on duty at all on slower days. For Justin Walsh, visiting Silver Sands from Terryville, he said he’ll go above and beyond to make sure his family is protected.
“Life jacket, floating devices,” Walsh said, describing the safety measures he plans to take.
DEEP said notices will be posted around any beach without lifeguard protection.