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Horseneck Beach closed to swimming as other warnings issued



Photo courtesy of Greg Stone

Rough waters have led to warnings along southern New England waters including a local beach being closed to swimming.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has stated that the beach at Horseneck Beach State Reservation has been closed for swimming due to 3-4 foot seas and dangerous rip currents remaining from Tropical Storm Elsa.

Conditions will be reassessed as the day goes on.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Rip Current Risk until 4:00 p.m. due to dangerous rip currents and rough surf.

The warning is for all south facing beaches in Massachusetts, Southern Bristol MA, Dukes MA and Nantucket MA Counties. In Rhode Island, Washington RI, Newport RI and Block Island RI Counties.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.

Where beaches are not closed to swimming, swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

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