Residents frustrated by lack of lifeguards at Bay 9 at Coney Island
People in one community were told they're not allowed in the water on the beach Sunday because there were no lifeguards.
In the middle of a heat wave, Bay 9 at Coney Island was packed and people were in the water. However, they are not supposed swimming because there aren't any lifeguards.
"We're not allowed in the water, they come they blow their whistles…periodically. We never know when they're going to come,” one beachgoer told News 12. “They tell us we should move down two bays, everyone should move down two bays cause this bay is closed…We live in this community year round, so that we could go to the beach two to three months out of the year."
The city's Park Department says they've strategically closed Bays 7 through 9, and 17 through 19 to ensure lifeguard coverage throughout Coney Island. They say they chose those bays because, "they are typically less used and less accessible via public transportation."
However, many residents were seen at Bay 9, saying the other parts of the beach are too far to travel to.
With the end of summer still many weeks away, neighbors say they hope the lifeguard station will actually be staffed so they can cool off at the beach.