Shark sighting halts swimming at Town of Hempstead beaches

Surfers take to the water in higher than normal wave conditions on May 21, 2020 in Lido Beach, New York.
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Town of Hempstead temporarily halted swimming at its beaches Tuesday afternoon after a shark was spotted. 

“Town Beaches are currently red-flagged (no swimming) due to a shark sighting,” the town wrote on Twitter just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

Earlier in the day, swimming was temporarily restricted due to “decreased visibility caused by fog,” according to the town.

It wasn't immediately clear when swimming would be allowed to resume.