Teen steps on needle at Misquamicut State Beach

(Adam Theroux/WPRI)

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – Emergency crews were called to Misquamicut State Beach on Monday after a teenager stepped on a needle.

Both the Department of Environmental Management Police and the Westerly Fire Department responded.

The DEM said the 13-year-old boy wasn’t seriously hurt.

The agency says keeping the state’s beaches clean and safe is a top priority and it takes this incident seriously.

The Dept. of Environmental Management released the following statement:

“Misquamicut State Beach and our other state beaches are cleaned and raked each morning before the beach is open to the public to pick up debris that has washed ashore or has been left behind. Our beaches are as safe and clean as we all can make them, but unfortunately trash washes up every day – most of it coming from the land. That’s why it is critical for all visitors to do their part in carrying out any trash they carry in so everyone can safely enjoy our state’s many great beaches.
A sharps container is available in the first aid office at each of our state beach facilities to provide for the proper disposal of medical syringes, should any of our beach patrons have a need to administer medication during their visit. DEM also hands out trash bags at entrance booths at most facilities to make it easier for beach-goers to participate in our “carry-in-carry-out” program.”

The family was offered a refund for the parking charge.

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