By Geoffrey Croft
For the fourth time in three weeks, someone has been pricked by a hypodermic needle on a city beach, A Walk In the Park has learned, three of the incidents have occured in Staten Island.
The latest victim was a female lifeguard who was stuck yesterday while on duty at Rockaway Beach. She stepped on a needle at 139th Street around 4:00 pm.
On July 16, a 63-year-old woman stepped on a hypodermic needle on Cedar Grove Beach and received a laceration to her foot. EMS transported the victim just before 1:00pm to Staten Island University Hospital North.
On Saturday, July 14, a 37-year-old was stabbed in his hand with a hypodermic needle while on the sand at South Beach - Father Capodanno Boulevard & Sand Lane just before 7:30pm. EMS transported him to Staten Island University Hospital North.
On July 4, a 40-year-old male was also stuck by a needle at South Beach. The incident occurred just before 9:00pm. He was transported by EMS to Staten Island University Hospital North.
"It's a bay, we're not on an ocean, " a parks employee who requested anonymity said speaking about the occurrences on Staten Island.
"This happens all the time. People dump stuff and it washes up here. You have to be careful. The public should be warned."
A few years ago after a spat of needle incidents a Parks Department press representative said, "this is a very unusual occurrence."
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