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Hypodermic needles found on Sandy Beach in Cohasset

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COHASSET, Mass. (WHDH) - Several hypodermic needles have been found on a Cohasset beach.

A young boy walking along Sandy Beach found a needle. Fortunately, he didn't poke himself. His mom reported the incident. Police say two more have showed up since then.

On sunny summer days, the beach is often packed with hundreds of families and small children running around. Parents are concerned.

“I wouldn’t want my kids to find it or my grandchildren to find it,” Virginia Reiley said.

Lifeguards have been paying closer attention.

“It’s upsetting having lived here for so long. Both of my sons having been lifeguards for so many years,” Susan O’Connell said.

The president of the Beach Association says while this doesn’t happen often, it's not unheard of on South Shore beaches.

“We do have tidal flow and things wash up on the beach often. One would assume it’s probably medical waste, perhaps an insulin needle or something. We don’t know for sure but that’s what we believe,” Rob Lawrence said.

Lawrence said lifeguards and beach clean-up crews are being extra vigilant. Clean-ups are done daily. Any needles or sharp objects found are put in a special box and safely discarded.

“We’ve never had an issue over all the years I’ve been president of the association. It’s a very, very safe beach both for bathing and swimming,” Lawrence said.

Police and beach officials warn people to tell a lifeguard if they see anything sharp or dangerous. They know how to dispose of the items safely.
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