Shark sighting on Long Island has people concerned for the holiday weekend

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Beachgoers at Overlook Beach respond to what turned out to be a false shark sighting. Nerves remain on edge leading into the weekend. (PIX11 News)

BABYLON, N.Y.  — A shark sighting at Overlook Beach on Long Island has people on edge as they move into the holiday weekend.

According to Babylon town officials and the assistant chief lifeguard of the beach, a shark was seen swimming in the Long Island waters around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The lifeguard spotted the shark 80 yards out by its dorsal fin and tail. The lifeguards suspect the shark was anywhere from three to six feet long. However, because of its distance from the shore. it was hard for them to be certain.

The lifeguards immediately evacuated about 200 people who were on the beach and then watched to make sure the shark was not coming closer to shore.

The beach remained closed for 45 minutes and the neighboring beaches, Cedar and Gilgo, also were shut as a precaution. Those beaches were also open on Thursday, and the lifeguards seem to have no further concerns about another shark sighting.