Friday, July 27, 2012

Fear as four beachgoers struck by hypodermic needles in the sand on NYC beaches in THREE weeks

Officials say four people have suffered puncture wounds from needles found at New York City beaches in the last three weeks.

In the latest incident a lifeguard was stuck at Rockaway Beach in Queens on Tuesday while three other reports came in at the Cedar Grove Beach in Staten Island.

'You don't know where these needles come from,' Beachgoer Crystal Matis who was visiting with her daughter told WNBC. 'It's very scary.'

That on duty lifeguard reported stepped on the needle while walking at 139th Street.

The others in Staten Island involved a 63-year-old woman who stepped on one on Cedar Grove Beach, a 37-year-old man who was punctured in his hand while on South Beach, and a 40-year-old man also stuck at South Beach.

The three Staten Island beachgoers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The Parks Department last month promised to clean up a stretch of Rockaway Beach after medical waste, including syringes, was found there. Read More