Officials: Swimming without lifeguards can turn deadly

Officials are reminding residents this morning that swimming without lifeguards can turn deadly.The warm weather has many Long Island families headed to the beach and

LONG BEACH - Officials are reminding residents this morning that swimming without lifeguards can turn deadly.

The warm weather has many Long Island families headed to the beach and pools but many facilities are not fully staffed with lifeguards yet. Today, Suffolk County officials will remind people that the area had 14 drowning deaths last year.

Long Island drowning rates are substantially higher than the national average.

Yesterday, four men swimming without lifeguards had to be rescued off Long Beach.

Off-duty lifeguards responded and the men are fine.

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