Water Activity Restrictions Lifted at All but One State Park
Swimming restrictions, that were put in place after a fatal shark attack last week, have been lifted in all but one of Maine's state parks.
The Bureau of Parks and Lands announced today that it has removed water activity restrictions at Popham, Ferry, and Crescent Beach State Parks. However, water activities at Reid State Park are still limited to waist-deep, because they have a shortage of lifeguards.
Restrictions were put in place after a New York woman was fatally attacked by a shark on July 27th. She had been swimming about 20 yards from shore when she encountered a Great White shark. Nearby kayakers managed to get her to shore, but not in time to save her life.
Since then, there has been at least one confirmed sighting of a Great White shark, and several seals that have been found with bite marks. Swimming and paddle boat activity was limited until marine officials deemed it safe to go back into the water.