Shark sightings on Long Island: Hempstead reopens beaches, Long Beach closes beaches indefinitely

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Beachgoers in Hempstead on Long Island got the go-ahead Monday afternoon to return to the water -- albeit knee-deep -- after there were two shark sightings earlier in the day.  But beaches in Long Beach have been closed indefinitely.

Officials described the first shark as "significant" in size.

"*Beach Update* Beachgoers are now permitted to enter the water up to their knees at Town of Hempstead beaches that experienced swimming restrictions due to earlier shark sightings: Civic Beach, Lido Beach, Lido West Beach, Town Park Point Lookout and Town Park at Sands," the Town of Hempstead tweeted at 4:54 p.m.